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Feb. 29, 2008

Healthcare author, journalist Laurie Garrett to speak March 10 at UI

Laurie Garrett, one of America's premier authorities on healthcare and disease prevention, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 10 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus.

The University Lecture Committee is presenting this lecture titled "Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health." It is free and open to the public.

As a medical and science writer for Newsday in New York City, Garrett became the only writer ever to have been awarded all three of the Big "Ps" of journalism: The Peabody, The Polk (twice), and The Pulitzer. In March 2004, she became a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Garrett is also the best-selling author of "The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance" and "Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health." She is an expert on global health with a particular focus on newly emerging and re-emerging diseases, and public health and its effects on foreign policy and national security.

She has written for many publications, including Foreign Affairs, Esquire, Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and Current Issues in Public Health. She appears frequently on national television programs, including ABC Nightline, The Jim Lehrer NewsHour, The Charlie Rose Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Dateline. Over the years, Garrett has also contributed chapters to numerous books covering world crises in infectious diseases.

For more than 30 years, the Lecture Committee has brought some of the world's great thinkers to the UI campus. Speakers have included an impressive roster of national and international figures in science, politics, business, human rights, law, and the arts. The UI Lecture Committee is a Presidential Charter Committee whose membership consists of students, faculty, and staff. The series is funded through student fees with select lectures supported in part by the F. Wendell Miller Fund.


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MEDIA CONTACTS: University Lecture Committee, 319-335-3407,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,