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September 23, 2002

Center set to revisit 'Conversations' in '02-03

Kay Torrance is assistant director of public information for the Carter Center

Join us for “Conversations at The Carter Center,” an annual series of evening programs designed to increase public awareness of issues of national and global importance. Each of the four remaining 2002–03 programs will feature remarks by distinguished experts, special guests and Carter Center staff, followed by a question-and-answer period.

“The Picture of Health” Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7–8:30 p.m.
Your environment can dictate your health. Take a fascinating visual trip with award-winning National Geographic photojournalist Karen Kasmauski as she explores the evolution of some of the world’s diseases. It’s a compelling illustration of the ill effects one’s surroundings can have on life. Carter Center health experts Donald Hopkins and James Zingeser provide the clinical background to make this an evening of important information for all who attend.

“In the Wake of September 11th” Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7–8:30 p.m.
Etched forever on our minds are the images of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Washington. But how do some of us cope with the mental aftereffects of such a potentially staggering trauma? Former first lady Rosalynn Carter leads a blue-ribbon panel in search of answers. The Carter Center’s new Mental Health Program director, Thomas Bornemann, will moderate. Julie Gerberding, newly appointed director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will join former New York Health Commissioner Neal Cohen, who was in Manhattan at the time of the attacks. Robert Ursano, an expert in the psychological effects of crisis and disaster who was involved in the recuperative efforts at the Pentagon, also will provide insight.

“Righting Human Rights?” Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, 7–8:30 p.m.
President Jimmy Carter put human rights on the U.S. foreign policy map during his administration, and human rights principles have guided the Carter Center during its first 20 years. The field of human rights is undergoing profound changes, with the appointment of a new United Nations high commissioner for human rights and the International Criminal Court beginning its landmark work in 2003. Join Carter Center expert Ashley Barr and her guests as they explore this evolving frontier.

“Money and Politics in the Western Hemisphere” Wednesday, March 19, 2003, 7–8:30 p.m.
The region’s democracies face a crisis of confidence. In response, the Carter Center is bringing together top government officials and leaders within the hemisphere to discuss the problem. They will address how parties and campaigns can be financed in ways that are honest contributions to the public good. Shelly McConnell, associate director of the Carter Center’s Americas program, will moderate.

Tickets to each “Conversations” event are free, but reservations are needed. Please reserve space by calling 404-420-3804. Tickets not claimed by 6:50 p.m. will be released.