Pulitzer Prize-winning Ebola expert Laurie Garrett headlines Coe Contemporary Issues Forum

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2015-03-04 10:43:10 - General

Laurie Garrett
Laurie Garrett

Pulitzer Prize-winning authority on Ebola, global health and disease prevention Laurie Garrett will be the speaker for the 12th Coe College Contemporary Issues Forum on Tuesday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. 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.

The event was originally scheduled for Feb. 3, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather. Tickets already issued for the event will be honored on the rescheduled date. Reserved seating is available by calling the Coe Box Office at 319-399-8600 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Ticket prices are $10 for the general public and $5 for students and seniors.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

Garrett has been a widely sought media commentator on the Ebola crisis as well as the recent measles outbreak. 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.