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O'Neill Institute Summer Conversation Series

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The Conversation – Paul Gauguin

Thursday, August 15 – 12:30-1:30

Speaker: Peter Sawyer, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Location: EBW358

Topic: Health Investigative Reporting

Peter Sawyer is health projects director at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He works to improve and extend the impact of the Center’s reporting on health by developing partnerships with media outlets and universities, forming relationships with leading experts and advocacy organizations, and giving presentations of the Center’s work to students and the public. He has reported for PBS NewsHour from Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Liberia on government accountability for clean water access, and has spoken at dozens of schools and universities in the US and UK. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Washington, DC.

Peter graduated from Davidson College, majoring in economics. He previously worked as first mate on a schooner in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and as a volunteer firefighter. Peter’s ambition is to live a life he’d like to tell stories about.


Thursday, August 22 – 3:00-4:00pm

Speaker: John Monahan, Georgetown Law

Room: EBW358

Topic: Global Health and the Obama Administration

John Monahan is Advisor to the University President for Global Health and Senior Fellow at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (GPPI). He is also Special Advisor for Global Health Partnerships at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator at the U.S. Department of State.

Previously, John was Interim Director of Global Health Affairs and Counselor to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). John has also held a number of senior positions at HHS, including Director of Intergovernmental Affairs (1993-1996) and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Children and Families (1996-1999). He has also served as Legal Counsel to Senator David Pryor (1990-1992) and as an Investigator for the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Additionally, he is a veteran of numerous campaigns – field director in the Clinton campaign in 1992 and held senior positions at the Democratic National Committee and in the Presidential Transition in 1992-1993. John began his career as field organizer for Mondale for President in 1983-1984.

John has also held a number of academic appointments, including Executive Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown Law, Non- Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Urban and Metropolitan Policy, and Senior Fellow with the Center for the Study of Social Policy.

He also serves on national advisory committees for the Catholic Charities USA and Corporate Voices for Working Families.

John received both his bachelor’s and law degrees from Georgetown University.


Wednesday, August 28 – 12:30-1:30

Speaker: David Vladeck, Georgetown Law

Location: Hotung 5013

Topic: TBD

Professor David Vladeck teaches federal courts, civil procedure, administrative law, and seminars in First Amendment litigation, and co-directs the Institute for Public Representation, a clinical law program. Professor Vladeck recently returned to the Law Center after serving for nearly four years as the Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.  At the FTC, he supervised the Bureau’s more than 430 lawyers, investigators, paralegals and support staff in carrying out the Bureau’s work to protect consumers from unfair, deceptive or fraudulent practices.  Before joining the Law Center faculty full-time in 2002, Professor Vladeck spent over 25 years with Public Citizen Litigation Group, a nationally-prominent public interest law firm, handling and supervising complex litigation. He has briefed and argued a number of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and more than sixty cases before federal courts of appeal and state courts of law resort.  He is a Senior Fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States, an elected member of the American Law Institute, and a scholar with the Center for Progressive Reform.  Professor Vladeck frequently testifies before Congress and writes on administrative law, preemption, First Amendment, and access to justice issues.

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