The individual and global strugglesand the ability to make
a difference in the world of international health will be addressed
by public health pioneer William Foege during Emorys third
annual Science and Theology Symposium, to be held Tuesday, Feb.
Foege, Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health
Emeritus, is the winner of the 2001 Mary Woodward Lasker Award,
Americas Nobel in medicine. He currently is senior
medical adviser for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations
Global Health Program.
This is not a fatalistic world, said Foege, who added
that his talk also will touch on issues raised in the wake of Sept.
11. Although it is difficult, we have more in our control
to effect change than we realize.
Foege will speak during a noon luncheon in Cox Hall. Following
responses from William Wood, chair of the Department of Surgery
in the School of Medicine, and Walter Lowe, professor of systematic
theology in the Candler School of Theology, the audience will be
invited to join the conversation with Foege and his respondents.
Bill Foege is a quiet hero who has shaped our world for the
better, said University Secretary Gary Hauk, whose office
is cosponsoring the event with the Walter Candler Lectureship and
Meridian Herald, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing
cultural and liturgical understanding.
[Foeges] profound faith has directed his remarkable
intelligence, Hauk continued, and anyone who has heard
him speak knows that he will teach us well, challenge us thoughtfully,
and fascinate us along the way.
Foege also will speak at an interfaith service at 7:30 p.m. in
Glenn Auditorium. The service will include music by the Meridian
Chorale, led by music director Steven Darsey, and Timothy Albrecht,
As a medical officer for the World Health Organization, Foege developed
the methodology to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s. He then joined
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as assistant to the
director before becoming director in 1977. From 1984 to 2000, he
served as executive director of the Task Force for Child Survival
and Development, which in just six years helped raise general immunization
levels of the worlds children from 20 percent to 80 percent.
Foege later served as executive director of the Carter Center and
was appointed Presidential Distinguished Professor at Emory in 1997.
The symposium is free and open to the public. To reserve lunch,
attendees should call 404-727-6022 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.