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Feb. 28: Prepare to have your world rocked by Sarah Archer on global pandemics and security

Sarah Archer, public health and humanitarian assistance consultant, talks as part of the ICWA Great Decisions series

When: Tuesday, February 28 registration at 7:00, program runs 7:30-9:00 PM

Where: Butler University, Pharmacy Building

Post 9/11, security and public health authorities are planning for epidemiological disasters as never before. What does that planning encompass, and how effective is it likely to be? What lessons can be learned from reactions to the global AIDS pandemic and its growing impact on the developing world?

If you don't know Sarah Archer, prepare yourself for a treat. Compassionate and fierce, earthy and wise, Sarah is a true treasures of Indianapolis and of world. Here's her bio, but it barely scratches the surface of the Sarah Archer experience. Go to this talk.

Dr. Sarah E. Archer provides expertise in the areas of humanitarian assistance and public health as a consultant with the U.S. military through the Battle Command Training Program (BCTP) and the African Contingency Operations and Training Agreement (ACOTA), formerly known as the African Crisis Response Initiative. More than four decades of hands-on experience in global hotspots make Sarah an expert in 1) helping civilians and militaries respond to complex humanitarian emergencies, 2) conducting peace support operations, and 3) responding to human-created and natural disasters. In addition, Sarah’s research interests include local and national preparations to prevent and respond to threatened pandemics, such as avian flu, and chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attacks or accidents.

Sarah’s humanitarian relief work includes serving in Palestinian camps (1960-61), Bangladesh (1985-94); Angola (1994); Rwanda (1994-95); Kosovo and Montenegro (1998); and Bosnia an Kosovo (from 2000 to 2004).

Sarah served as a professor of Public Heath Nursing at the University of California in San Francisco from 1973-1984. She has also served as a visiting professor at Dhaka University Bangladesh), University of Indianapolis, and Indiana University School of Public Health. In addition, Sarah was a visiting faculty member at Joint Forces Staff College, Joint Special Operations University, Marine Staff College, and Command and General Staff College. She currently serves as a member of the Indianapolis Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team and the American Red Cross National Disaster Services Human Resources System. Sarah earned a Doctorate in Public Health at the University of California, a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Indiana University.

The ICWA's Great Decisions series is free for students. For ICWA members, the series costs $9 for an individual and $14 for couples. For non-members it's $12 for individuals and $17 for a couple. Attending single sessions costs $5. You should get the book of eight fine articles that goes along with the series, it costs $12. Any questions? Contact Mitzi Graham 317-872-4004.

Sarah discusses this issue again March 15. You can get very different views from Eric Meslin on May 10, and from Randall Tobias May 15.

By the way, how do you like these old military posters? The linking of public health, social morality, and military security has a long history.

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