Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series

These forums began in 2001 with the Future of Public Health Symposium Series, which was sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Over the years, this series has brought experts from the U.S. and other nations to the School to share their views on the major challenges and opportunities in their fields and disciplines.



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Monday, October 26, 2015
#BlackLivesMatter – A Challenge to the Medical and Public Health Communities
Keynote: Mary Travis Bassett, MD, MPH
Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Welcome and Discussion Moderation by:
David J. Hunter, MBBS, MPH, ScD
Acting Dean , Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Dean for Academic Affairs
Vincent L Gregory Professor of Cancer Prevention, Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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Information for our audience regarding Dean’s Distinguished Lectures
These lectures are open to the Harvard University community and to the public. A valid Harvard University ID is required for access to the building. If you do not have an HUID, please contact the Office of the Dean at least 48 hours in advance of the event date so that we may arrange a Visitor Pass for you. Members of the press are requested to please contact the Office of Communications prior to attendance of the lecture. Seating begins no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the start and is available on a first-come, first-served basis; overflow space is not always available. With this in mind, please plan to arrive prior to the start of the lecture to ensure a seat. Dean’s Distinguished Lectures are scheduled from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. and typically have a reception following for those who attended the event; for lectures scheduled during the lunch hour from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., a light lunch may be served, or guests are welcome to bring one.


Previous 2014-15 Lectures:

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Innovating Professional Education for Universal Health Coverage: Lessons from Thailand
Keynote: His Excellency Professor Rajata Rajatanavin, MD, FRCP, FACP, FACE
Minister of Public Health, Thailand
Lecture: 4:00-5:00 PM, The Rotunda



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Thursday, April 23, 2015
How to Run a Government: So That Citizens Benefit and Taxpayers Don’t Go Crazy
Keynote: Sir Michael Barber
Chief Education Advisor, Pearson
Faculty Responder: John McDonough
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Big Ambitions in Public Health
Sue Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer,
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Lecture: 5:00-6:00 PM, Kresge G3
Reception to Follow
677 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
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Related Link: Gates Foundation Head Challenges Students – April 10, 2015


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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age
Keynote: Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, MsC
Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Director of Research
François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights
Harvard University
Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer
Harvard Law School
University Adviser on Human Rights Education
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Global Health Law
Keynote Speaker: Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, LLD
Faculty Director, O’Neill Center for National and Global Health Law
Linda D. and Timothy J. O’Neill Professor of Global Health Law
Director, Center for Law & the Public’s Health, Georgetown Law
Lecture: 12:30-1:30 P.M.
Kresge G2
677 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
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Dean’s Distinguished LectureLi Bin
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
A Chinese Solution to the Global Problem: Progress and Prospect of China’s Healthcare Reform
Keynote Speaker: Minister Li Bin, PhD
National Health and Family Planning Commission
People’s Republic of China
With Welcome and Discussion Moderation by: Dean Julio Frenk
Lecture:4:00-5:00 PM 
Reception:5:00-6:00 PM