Learning from the West African Ebola Epidemic: The Role of Governance in Preventing Epidemics
MICHAEL T. OSTERHOLM, ANDREW C. WEBER
This conference will explore the hypothesis that building public trust in effective organizations is essential for fighting health crises such as Ebola.
The discussions will be grounded in the Global Health Security Agenda that seeks to accelerate progress towards a world safe from infectious disease. Specifically, the Global Health Security Agenda seeks to prevent avoidable epidemics, detect threats early, and respond rapidly and effectively.
Combining social science and political actors with leading scientists and Ebola specialists, the conference will examine the Ebola epidemic and its consequences as a case study to explore how educational, governance and health care resources can be better deployed against future outbreaks.
The keynote speakers will be:
Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy and professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Minnesota;
Andrew C. Weber, former deputy coordinator for Ebola response at the U.S. Department of State.
The conference is sponsored by the Hannah Arendt Center, Citizen Science, the Bard Center for Civic Engagment (CCE), and the Ford Foundation, in collaboration with the Honorable Dr. Wilmot James, South African MP, and Carnegie Council.
The Hannah Arendt Center's mission is to encourage debate about contemporary ethical and political questions in the spirit of Hannah Arendt. Arendt worried that the greatest threat to American freedom was the rise of a technocratic bureaucracy that replaced thinking with calculation and inured government from its need to be responsible to the people. To combat the increasing sense of alienation and impotence in modern politics, Arendt argued that people must think for themselves and act freely in public.
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Speakers: Michael T. Osterholm, Andrew C. Weber
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