Garrett speech postponed until March 17 at Coe

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2015-02-02 11:04:07 - General

The 2015 Coe College Contemporary Issues Forum featuring Laurie Garrett, originally scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 3, has been postponed due to inclement weather on the  East Coast. The event will now be held Tuesday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Garrett is a Pulitzer Prize-winning authority on Ebola, global health and disease prevention.

Tickets already issued for the event will be honored on the rescheduled date. If patrons holding tickets are unable to attend the lecture on March 17, they can return their tickets to the Coe Box Office for a refund. The Coe Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tickets for the rescheduled event remain available for $10 for the general public, $5 for students and seniors, by calling the Coe Box Office at 319-399-8600.

The only person to win the three P's of journalism - the Pulitzer, the Polk, and the Peabody - Garrett masterfully explains the science behind new threats to global health, and navigates the politics that help, and hinder, how we prepare and how we respond to them.

Garrett has been a widely sought media commentator on the Ebola crisis. A former award-winning science reporter for NPR and Newsday, Garrett regularly writes for many publications, including Foreign Affairs, Esquire, Vanity Fair, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and Current Issues in Public Health. She has appeared frequently on national television programs, including "Nightline," "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," "The Charlie Rose Show," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Dateline" and "Meet the Press."

A senior fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, Garrett is 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." Her latest book is "I Heard The Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks." Over the years, she has also contributed chapters to numerous books, including "AIDS in the World" and "Disease in Evolution: Global Changes and Emergence of Infectious Diseases."

Established by the late K. Raymond Clark '30, the Contemporary Issues Forum presents the views of distinguished leaders whose work has shaped and altered the course of world events. The forum has featured former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, former Poland President Lech Walesa, deep-sea oceanographer Robert Ballard, civil rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, "Doonesbury" cartoonist Garry Trudeau, ecology expert Jared Diamond, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts, celebrated author Sir Salman Rushdie, and former Senate Majority Leader and Special Envoy George Mitchell.