Alex de Waal is executive director of the World Peace Foundation, Research Professor at the Fletcher
School, Tufts University, and Professorial Fellow at the London School of Economics.
He has worked on the Horn of Africa and on humanitarian issues since the 1980s as
a researcher and practitioner, with a special focus on famine and humanitarian crises.
He served as a senior advisor to the African Union High Level Panel on Sudan and South
Sudan. He was listed among Foreign Policy’s 100 most influential international intellectuals in 2008 and Atlantic’s 29 ‘brave thinkers’ in 2009. De Waal’s recent books include: The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, War and the Business of Power (Polity 2015), Mass Starvation: The history and future of famine (Polity 2018), and New Pandemics, Old Politics: 200 years of the war on disease and its alternatives (Polity 2021).
New Pandemics, Old Politics
February 18, 2022 • 6:00 pm
Edwards Hall 112
We urgently need a redefinition of “pandemic” to look beyond the individual pathogen
itself and understand the societal ecology in which pandemic diseases evolve, and
the societal impacts that they have. In this lecture Professor de Waal will examine how the concept of “pandemic” has been shaped by positivistic science
and the attendant concept of “conquering” disease, and how this overlooks alternative understandings
of health crises and approaches to health that combine human rights with evolutionary
science. I critique the pervasive notion of a “war” on disease and explore how the
concept of “one health” can become an emancipatory social project.
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Crisis in the Horn of Africa
FGCU Student Lecture
February 18, 2022 • 10:30 am
Cohen Center Ballroom
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