Date: March 10, 2008, 7:30 pm
Location: IMU Main Lounge

Laurie Garrett is one of America's premier authorities on healthcare and disease prevention, and a powerful advocate for a more forceful response to threats to human health.

Currently the Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, Laurie Garrett is the author of the best-selling books The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance and Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health. These books, which explore key developments in global health and disease prevention, have both received widespread critical and popular acclaim.Garrett is the only person ever to have been awarded all three of the Big "Ps" of journalism: The Peabody, The Polk (twice), and The Pulitzer. She has written for many publications, including Foreign Affairs, Esquire, Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and Current Issues in Public Health. She appears frequently on national television programs, including ABC Nightline, The Jim Lehrer NewsHour, The Charlie Rose Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Dateline.

Over the years, Laurie Garrett has also contributed chapters to numerous books covering world crises in infectious diseases. Her website is a great source of information on her books, articles, media appearances, and includes bonus materials not available anywhere else. A mesmerizing speaker, Garrett has the unique ability to make plain the science behind new threats to public health -- both natural and man-made -- and the political background that shapes the debate on this issue in America and around the world.

Laurie Garrett is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, and served as the organization's President during the mid-1990s. She lives in Brooklyn Heights, New York City.