West African Ebola Epidemic panel discussion

With the confirmation of Ebola cases in the United States, many are now concerned about the global ramifications of the West African Ebola epidemic. On Wednesday, October 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora, University of Florida faculty will provide varying perspectives on the potential impacts and current challenges during a panel discussion.

The program will be streamed live on the Bob Graham Center website, www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu.

The panel will be chaired by Leonardo Villalon, Dean, UF International Center, and a regional expert on West Africa. Other panelists include:

  • Paul Psychas, MD, Community Health and Family Medicine. Dr. Psychas is a former medical officer with experience with USAID and the U.S. Peace Corps, and has extensive experience with West African medical systems, and has worked with Ebola outbreaks in Gabon.
  • Sharon Abramowitz, Assistant Professor, Anthropology & Center for African Studies. Anthropologist studying the Liberian health sector and medical humanitarian Intervention in Liberia and Guinea since 2005.
  • Tim Nevin, Lecturer, History and African Studies. Historian studying popular music and culture in Liberia. Has been teaching in Liberian universities since 2011, has extensive personal and professional network in West Africa, frequent updates on the epidemic.

The event is sponsored by the Health in Africa Working Group at the Center for African Studies, the UFIC-Global Health Council, and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.