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Jonathan Mann Health and Human Rights Memorial Lecture Series

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Call for 2020 Speaker Nominations

The selection committee for the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health’s Jonathan Mann Health & Human Rights Memorial Lecture is soliciting speaker nominations for the next lecture, scheduled for Fall 2020. We are asking for participation from students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners in identifying someone who will speak to the importance of health and human rights and honor Dr. Mann’s legacy.

The committee is looking for a dynamic speaker to inspire the public health community with their innovative ideas and approaches in addressing the challenges of public health locally, domestically or internationally. This is an opportunity to recognize both established and lesser known public health practitioners that are doing groundbreaking work.


  • A dynamic, inspirational speaker who can draw attendees across public health disciplines
  • Relevant past or current work that addresses the intersection of health and human rights broadly understood
  • Scholarship or practice aimed at reducing health inequalities
  • Cutting edge work in the design, implementation and/or evaluation of innovative public health practices, programs or policies

If you know personally, worked with, or admired from afar, a person who both fits this criteria and may benefit from sharing their work in a public forum, please nominate them through the link included below. Nominations should be submitted by June 30, 2019.

Make a Nomination

Previous Speakers

Sofia Gruskin, JD, MIA, professor of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, professor of Law and Preventive Medicine, Gould School of Law director, Program on Global Health and Human Rights Institute for Global HealthUniversity of Southern California
"Engaging Human Rights for Global Health: Sexual Rights and How Definitions and Data Drive Global and Local Engagement"
October 24, 2018
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Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD, dean and professor of Medicine for the College of Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
"The Public Health Approach to Preventing Violence: A Retrospective"
April 27, 2017
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Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, president of the American Public Health Association
"Achieving Health Equity: Tools for a National Conversation on Racism"
May 9, 2016
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Dana L. and David H. Dornsife, Philanthropists
"Health and Human Rights: The Quest for Water in Africa"
October 6, 2014
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Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
"Ten Years of Progress: Working Towards an AIDS-Free Generation"
April 18, 2013
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Rajsekhar Budithi, CEO of the Society for the Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP)
Given in conjunction with National Conference on Hunger and Poverty: "Beyond Hunger: Real People, Real Solutions."
May 4, 2012 (Video link unavailable)

Susan Retik, President & Co-Founder of Beyond 11th
April 7, 2011
"Advancing Peace and Health by Empowering Widows in Afghanistan"
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Barbara Hogan, South African Minister of Health
Featuring a Special Tribute to Ahmed Kathrada
November 12, 2008
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Dr. Paul Farmer, Founder of Partners in Health
Rethinking Global Public Health: Prevention, Care and the Role of the American University
November 20, 2007
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