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Thoughtfully exploring perspectives with leading experts in the protection of civil liberties, economic prosperity, and public health in a time of COVID-19

Tuesday, July 28
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM (EDT)

Sponsored by the UNC Program for Public Discourse and the UNC Center for Bioethics, this event will model the capacity for civil engagement, balanced discussion, and exploration of contentious topics that the College of Arts & Sciences aims to develop in its students.



Moderated by


Myron S. Cohen | The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health
Yeargan-Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine,
Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology
Director, UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases


Featured Panelists

George Annas | Boston University
Warren Distinguished Professor,
Boston University School of Medicine and School of Law
Director, Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights
of Boston University School of Public Health

He is the author or editor of 20 books on health law and bioethics, and for 25 years wrote a regular feature in the New England Journal of Medicine on “Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights.” He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and a former member of the National Academies’ Committee on Human Rights.



Kevin M. Murphy | The University of Chicago
George J. Stigler Distinguished Service Professor of Economics,
University of Chicago Booth School of Business

He primarily studies the empirical analysis of inequality, unemployment and relative wages as well as the economics of growth and development and the economic value of improvements in health and longevity.  A fellow of the Econometric Society and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Murphy is the author of two books and numerous academic articles and research papers found in prestigious publications.



Audrey Pettifor | The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Professor of Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Her research focuses on the determinants of HIV/STI infection in sub-Saharan Africa and interventions to prevent infection and link individuals to care and treatment. She is currently leading a study to examine COVID-19 among faculty, staff, and students involved in and supporting research on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.