Friday, October 10, 2014

Ebola Crisis in West Africa

History & Politics Speaker Series: Panel Discussion on Ebola

On Monday, October 20, our History & Politics Speaker Series continues with a panel discussion of the Ebola epidemic that is currently overwhelming the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.The event will be take place from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the Alumni Lounge in Wick Center on the Daemen College campus (located at 4380 Main Street, Amherst). Discussants will address different dimensions of the Ebola crisis, including governmental responses, cultural issues, and epidemiology, together with the perspective of people from the affected areas.

 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa - Outbreak Distribution Map [Oct. 2014]

Discussants on the panel include:

  • Dr. Joseph Sahr Sankoh, Associate Professor of Political Science, will chair the panel and will address political, economic, and cultural dimensions of the Ebola crisis. Dr. Sankoh is a native of Sierra Leone and a specialist in African politics and global policy issues.
  • Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County Commissioner of Public Health, will provide a public health perspective on the Ebola epidemic.
  • Julia Hall, a human rights attorney with expertise in international law, will discuss the legal and global implications of the Ebola epidemic. 
  • Mr. Anthony Saysay, a native of Liberia, will discuss the impact of Ebola on his family, the people of Liberia, and his native country. 

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the History & Political Science Department. Co-sponsors include the Office of the President, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement, the Division of Arts and Sciences, the Division of Health and Human Services, the Health Care Studies Department, the Paralegal Studies Program, and the Public Health Department. The African Student Association, which is providing refreshments for the event, is also a co-sponsor. For more information, please contact Dr. Sankoh at

Please note that the African Student Association will be holding a fundraising event to be used for relief in the Ebola crisis on Thursday, October 23, from 12:00-3:00 in the Wick Student Center.

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