Defending Public Health against Public Opinion

Please see the link and description below regarding an upcoming webinar featuring Dr. Robert Klitzman, of our Bioethics program, being interviewed by Dr. Ellen Fox, a Bioethics educator and consultant.

August 20th, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
For more details and to RSVP, please visit https://dc.alumni.columbia.edu/klitzman

Public Health professionals, like any civil servants in any US administration, do battle for proper attention, funding, and institutional support as part of their job description. But it is an entirely different struggle when their recommendations are inconvenient to the public, especially when the public opinion is being actively shaped to question their veracity. Unfortunately, that is the vicious cycle of this pandemic in the US.

Join our virtual town hall as the eminent Bioethics scholar Prof. Robert Klitzman explores the multi-faceted intersection between Bioethics and Human Psychology, whether the Hippocratic Oath is compelling enough to withstand the inconvenience of the truth, and how both the health professionals and the public can converge on the right path in the strife for wearing masks, social-distancing, self-quarantining, school opening, athletes’ well-being, and caring for the elderly.

Prof. Klitzman will be interviewed by Dr. Ellen Fox, Bioethics educator and consultant. There will be a time dedicated to Q&A.