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SPEA to host public events in April as part of Public Affairs Week

Healthcare, child abuse, global warming among topics to be addressed by series of free events

The School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University Northwest once again will celebrate Public Affairs Week on campus with a variety of programs and events aimed at raising general awareness of important public issues.

The kickoff event will be held Wednesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Library Conference Center. Healthcare consultant Michael Millenson, president of Health Quality Advisers and author of the acclaimed book “Demanding Medical Excellence: Doctors and Accountability in the Information Age,” will deliver a keynote presentation, “Farewell to Hippocrates: Health Care in the Information Age.” Millenson, who is the Mervin Shalowitz, M.D. Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University and a former reporter for the Chicago Tribune, was one of the first journalists to write about healthcare-system issues for general audiences, and he has been nominated for Pulitzer Prizes three times.

On Thursday, April 5 at 6 p.m., and again on Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m., the Oscar-winning global-warming documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” will screen in the Savannah Center Auditorium. On Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Library Conference Center, SPEA will host a nonprofit roundtable discussion: “Successful Planning – Who are We Preparing for the Major Baby-Boomer Exodus in the Non-Profit Sector?” Finally, on Friday, April 13, at 8:30 a.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium, SPEA will host its 17th annual Child Abuse Forum, which is intended to discuss the causes and effects of child abuse, as well as its potential solutions.

All Public Affairs Week events are free and open to the Northwest Indiana community. Parking is available in the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway, and all other campus parking areas will be open to program attendees and participants, as well. For more information on Public Affairs Week, contact SPEA at (219) 980-6695.



Media Contact:

Christopher Sheid
Specialist, OMC

Michelle Searer
Director, OMC
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