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Experts, Native Liberian to Discuss Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
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Experts, Native Liberian to Discuss Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

In light of the worsening Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Daemen College will host a panel discussion of experts and also offer a personal perspective on the crisis from a native Liberian at the event scheduled for Oct. 20.

The panel discussion, which is part of the Daemen History and Political Science Speakers Series, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge. The event is free and open to the public.

“In addition to the health care threat of this deadly disease, the Ebola epidemic involves many political, cultural and government policy issues,” said Dr. Joseph Sahr Sankoh, Daemen associate professor of political science/African affairs and panel chair. “The range of expertise from the panelists will help put the public health impact of the Ebola outbreak into perspective and examine the broader implications of the virus as we face this international crisis.”

Panelists will include:

  • Dr. Sankoh, a native of Sierra Leone, will discuss the political, economic and cultural issues of the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
  • Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County commissioner of public health, will give a public health perspective on Ebola. 
  • Julia Hall, an international human rights attorney, will talk about the legal and global implications of the Ebola epidemic. 
  • Anthony Saysay, a native Liberian, will discuss the impact of Ebola on his family, the people of Liberia and his native country.

The Daemen History and Political Science Department is co-sponsoring the event with the Office of the President, Office of Academic Affairs, Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement, Division of Arts and Sciences, Division of Health and Human Services, Health Care Studies Department, Paralegal Studies Department, and Public Health Department.

Refreshments will be provided by the Daemen African Student Association, which is also an event co-sponsor.

Visit the CDC Web site for a larger view of the accompanying map: www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/distribution-map.html

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