Arts Across the Curriculum: The Science of Happiness


Georges Benjamin, Theodore M. Brown, Clay Bennett on “The Quest for Health Reform: A Satirical History”

With: Georges C. Benjamin Executive Director, American Public Health Association; Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health 2010-2011Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP(E), FNAPA, Hon FRSPH, is the executive director of the American Public Health Association, the nation's oldest and largest organization of public health professionals. He previously was the secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, from 1999 - 2002 following four years as its deputy secretary for public health services. For the last 20 years he has been actively practicing public health at the local, state, and national level with expertise in the areas of emergency preparedness, administration and infectious diseases. Dr. Benjamin serves as publisher of the field's premier journal, the American Journal of Public Health, The Nation's Health Newspaper and the APHA's timeless publication on infectious diseases, the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual.Theodore Brown Professor, Department of Health Sciences University of Rochester Medical CenterTheodore Brown is a historian of medicine, public health, and health policy. He has conducted research on the history of the biopsychosocial approach and on translational medicine; the history of twentieth and early twenty-first century U.S. health policy; the influence of organized philanthropy on medical research, health policy, and medical education, and the history of American and global public health. He is a Contributing Editor for History of the American Journal of Public Health.Clay Bennett Editorial Cartoonist, Chattanooga Times Free PressClay Bennett is an American editorial cartoonist. Currently drawing for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Bennett is the winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.

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About the panelists:

Richard J. Jackson, M.D, M.P.H. is the Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Roosevelt House. He hosted the PBS series Designing Healthy Communities (2012) and co-authored a book of the same name. A pediatrician, Dr. Jackson is Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the UCLA School of Public Health. He is the former director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health.

Chris Adrian, M.D. is a practicing pediatrician and teaches in Columbia University Medical Center’s Program in Narrative Medicine. He is the author of numerous works of fiction, including The Great Night (2011), A Better Angel (2008) and The Children’s Hospital (2006). Dr. Adrian presently teaches in Hunter’s MFA Creative Writing program.

Alan Schlechter, M.D. is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic at Bellevue Hospital Center. He is also a clinical professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Schlechter has published widely and received awards at Mount Sinai for excellence in psychiatry, community service and academic achievement.