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Department Events

Brown Bags

Brown Bag talks take place at Noon on Fridays. A schedule of upcoming History of Science Brown Bags can be viewed on the History Department Events web page.

February 15 (Thursday) at 5:30 pm

Global Health Institute public keynote talk and responses
Title: “Planetary Health: Protecting Our World to Protect Ourselves.”

The field of Planetary Health has emerged in recent years, based on the notion that transgressing planetary limits—a hallmark of the now-defined Anthropocene Epoch that acknowledges human impact on the planet—is incompatible with continued human thriving. Professor Howard Frumkin, M.D., DrPH, an expert on the intersection between public health and the built environment, climate change, energy policy, and nature contact, will keynote an evening that defines planetary health and how the concept can be used to find a way forward for humans and the planet. Planetary Health recognizes safeguarding human health requires maintaining the health of the planet on which life depends.

Gregg Mitman (Medical History and Bioethics, History, and the Nelson Institute) and Richard Keller (Medical History and Bioethics and International Division) will respond to Frumkinā€™s talk. Open to the public; registration required via event web page:

Location: Great Hall, Memorial Union (map) (event poster)
March 8 (Thursday) at 1:00 pm

10th Annual Bioethics Symposium
Thursday, March 8, 2018, 1 to 5:30 p.m.

This year’s symposium titled, “Follow the Money: Ethical Dilemmas in High-Cost Medicine,” comes at a critical time in our health care landscape’s history. The planning committee led by Paul Kelleher, PhD, and Gretchen Schwarze, MD, have attracted some of the brightest minds and writers on the topic of the cost of health care. Please join us in attending this informative and thought-provoking event.

More information, including the complete list of speakers, is available at

Admission is free and the event is open to the public. The symposium is presented by the Department of Medical History and Bioethics and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Location: HSLC 1306 (map) or Live Webcast
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