What We Know about ISIS and What Do We Do About It?


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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.

What We Know about ISIS and What Do We Do About It?

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In the wake of Syria’s civil war, the Islamic State (IS), also known as ISIS, has emerged as the new face of extremism and ethnic violence in the Middle East. IS has seized international attention and raised widespread fear with a series of videos showing the beheadings of Western hostages. But a great deal remains unknown about its operations and agenda. Join us at Roosevelt House as a panel of experts explores the origins of IS and its impact in the Middle East and examines what steps the U. S. and its allies must take to respond to its power and destabilizing influence in the region.

Participants include: Deborah Amos, Middle East correspondent, NPR, (moderator); Ambassador Maura Connelly, Director, Coalition to Counter ISIL, US State Department; David Patel, research fellow, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University; and Jillian Schwedler, Professor of Political Science, Hunter College.