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O’Neill Institute Colloquium 2018

The Colloquium takes place on Wednesdays from 1:20-3:20 at the Georgetown University Law Center in the Eric E. Hotung Building, Room 2001 (Faculty Dining). Click here for map and directions.

Module 1: Health Coverage and Equity

Class 1: Aug. 29                 Disruption meets resistance: Domestic and global health policy in the Trump era

Moderator:  Emily Baumgaertner, Health Journalist, New York Times  

Participants include:

  • Dr. Jen Kates, Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Chloë Cooney, Director of Global Advocacy, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Andrea Weddle, Executive Director, HIV Medicine Association

Class 2: Sept. 5                  Alma-Ata at 40 years and the movement for health equity around the globe: Progressing forward or petering out?

Moderator:  Professor Lawrence O. Gostin, University Professor, Georgetown University Law Center; Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law

Participants include:

  • Dr. Lucile Adams-Campbell, Associate Director of Minority Health & Health Disparities Research; Associate Dean of Community Health & Outreach, Georgetown University Medical Center Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Dr. Carla Saenz, Regional Program on Bioethics, Pan American Health Organization

Class 3: Sept. 12                Aging societies around the globe: Is any nation appropriately preparing for the demographic bulge?

Moderator:  Professor Judith Feder, Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown University

Participants include:

  • Professor Bill Novelli, Global Social Enterprise Initiative & Distinguished Professor of the Practice, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
  • Chris Jennings, Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Dr. Jean Accius, Vice President, Independent Living/Long-Term Services & Supports, AARP
  • Dr. Enrique Vega, Unit Chief, Healthy Life Course Unit, Pan American Health Organization

Module 2: Drug Policy

Class 4: Sept. 19                How do we move beyond the ‘War on Drugs’?

Moderator: Professor Shon Hopwood, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Participants include:

  • Regina LaBelle, Principal, LaBelle Strategies
  • Chauncey Parker, Director, New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
  • Dr. Edwin C. Chapman, Addiction Medicine Physician
  • Kelly Corredor, Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, American Society of Addiction Medicine

Class 5: Sept. 26                Do or should people have the right to consume drugs as they choose?

Moderator: Sonia Cantazar, Associate, O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law

Participants include:

  • Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Leo Beletsky, JD, MPH, Northeastern University
  • Doug Bandow, Cato Institute
  • Garth Van Meter, Director of Legislative Affairs, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM)

Class 6: Oct. 3                    Legal weed: How can cannabis reforms promote public health?

Moderator: John Walsh, Director for Drug Policy & the Andes, WOLA

Participants include:

  • Eric Lindblom, Director, Tobacco Control & Food & Drug Law, O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law
  • Carlos Santos-Burgoa, Program Director for the Global Health Policy MPH program, George Washington University Milken School of Public Health
  • Malik Burnett, Doctors for Cannabis Regulation

Module 3: Populism and Policy Change

Class 7: Oct. 10                  #metoo—What is the path from outrage to systemic change?

Moderator: Leslie Crutchfield, Executive Director, Global Social Enterprise Initiative, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

Participants include:

  • MiQuel Davies, Georgetown Women’s Law & Public Policy Fellow, National Women’s Law Center
  • Professor Deborah Epstein, Professor of Law; Director, Domestic Violence Clinic, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Professor Susan Deller Ross, Professor of Law; Director, International Women’s Human Rights Clinic, Georgetown University Law Center

Class 8: Oct. 17                  Black Lives Matter, police violence, disenfranchisement, and pervasive injustice—What does a new civil rights movement look like today?

Moderator: TBD


  • Professor Paul Butler, Georgetown University law Center
  • Lynda Garcia, Director of Policing Campaign, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Nnennaya Amuchie, State Strategies Manager, All* Above All; co-chair, BYP100 DC Chapter; Organizer, BIN; Co-organizer, DMV Mama’s Bail Out Team

Class 9: Oct. 24                  The Parkland students and their movement—can young people lead a sustained effort that produces results?

Moderator:  Professor Lawrence O. Gostin, University Professor, Georgetown University law Center; Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law

Participants include:

  • Trevor Burrus, Cato Institute Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies
  • Katie Whitaker, Moms Demand Action
  • Wendy Lesko, Founder & President, Youth Activism Project
  • Dara Jaffe, Former Student, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida
  • Scott Novak, Gun Law Reform Activist; Georgetown University Law Center JD Candidate

Module 4: Sustaining Multilateral Approaches to Health Promotion

Class 10: Oct. 31                Global financing for Health: Are we on track to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals?

Moderator:  Professor Matt Kavanagh, Visiting Professor & Director, Global Health Policy & Governance Initiative, O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law

Participants include:

  • Ambassador Deborah Birx, US Global AIDS Coordinator & US Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy
  • Dr. Jen Kates, Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Christoph Kurowski, Global Lead, Health Financing, The World Bank Group

Class 11: Nov. 07              CLASS DISCUSSION         SESSION CLOSED: STUDENTS ONLY

Class 12: Nov. 14              Fighting obesity around the globe: Is the issue fat, food, or inequality?

Moderator: TBD

Participants include:

  • Dr. Jeffery Levi, Professor of Health Management & Policy, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University
  • Dr. Carolyn A. Ecelbarger, Associate Professor, Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Department of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center
  • Julia McCarthy, Senior Policy Associate, Center for Science in the Public Interest

Nov. 21                                 NO CLASS – Thanksgiving Break

Class 13: Nov. 28              From SARS and H1N1 to Ebola, Zika, and Nipah: Are we prepared for the next emerging pandemic threat?

Moderator: Dr. Erin Sorrell, Assistant Research Professor, Center for Global Health Science and Security, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Georgetown University

Participants include:

  • Dr. Beth Cameron, Vice President, Global Biological Policy & Programs, NTI
  • Dr. Daniel R. Lucey, Senior Scholar, O’Neill Institute; Adjunct Professor; Adjunct Professor of Law