Hot Buttons/Cool Conversations: Covid Culture Wars

THU, OCT 14, 2021 (1:58)

President Biden’s aggressive plan to boost vaccination levels in this country comes as millions of Americans refuse to protect themselves against the deadly virus. Those opposing vaccines and masks mandates fall along partisan lines, making the issue more about politics than public health. Mask wearing and vaccines have emerged as a new front in America’s culture wars.

David Graham, staff writer at The Atlantic, leads a discussion examining how these public health measures have become a hot button political calling card. Joining him are Art Caplan, Professor of Bioethics at NYU Langone Medical Center; Lawrence Gostin, Professor in Global Health Law at Georgetown; and Carmel Shachar, Executive Director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology & Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

+ BIO: Carmel Shachar

Executive Director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. She is responsible for oversight of the Center’s sponsored research portfolio, event programming, fellowships, student engagement, development, and a range of other projects and collaborations. Carmel was responsible for designing, recruiting for, and launching both the Center’s Health Care General Counsel Roundtable and the Center’s Advisory Board. She is involved heavily with the Center’s Project on Precision Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, and the Law, and its Diagnosing in the Home Initiative. Carmel is also a Lecturer at Law on Harvard Law School, where she co-teaches a course on “Health Care Rights in the Twenty-First Century.”

+ BIO: Lawrence Ghostin

Lawrence O. Gostin is University Professor, Georgetown University’s highest academic rank conferred by the University President. Prof. Gostin directs the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and is the Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law. He served as Associate Dean for Research at Georgetown Law from 2004 to 2008. He is Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University and Professor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University.

+ BIO: Art Caplan

Arthur L. Caplan, is the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center and the founding director of the Division of Medical Ethics.

+ BIO: David Graham

Staff Writer at The Atlantic.

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