MPR broadcasts lecture by pandemic expert John Barry
Minnesota Public Radio aired the St. Olaf College Institute for Freedom and Community’s recent lecture by award-winning and New York Times best-selling author John Barry, who discusses the history, science, and politics of pandemics.
The “MPR News Presents” program broadcast the lecture on air Tuesday, March 3, and featured it on the broadcast web page.
The lecture, which was hosted by Morrison Family Director of the Institute for Freedom and Community Edmund Santurri, was titled “Pandemics, China, and the Coronavirus.” It is part of the Institute’s 2020 spring series on U.S.-China Relations.
Barry has worked directly with the White House in the Bush and Obama administrations on pandemic preparedness and response, as well as with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, national security entities, and state and local health departments. He is also adjunct faculty at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Established at St. Olaf in 2014, the Institute for Freedom and Community encourages free inquiry and meaningful debate of important political and social issues. Through its range of programming for students, faculty, and the general public, the Institute offers a distinctive opportunity to cultivate civil discourse within the context of the liberal arts.
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