Big Questions: Will anything be the same after COVID?

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 7:00 PM until 8:30 PMCentral Standard Time

    via Remo

    Will anything be the same after COVID?
    Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Program with featured speaker via Zoom Webinar: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
    Networking with featured speaker and Macalester Community via Remo: 8:00 - 8:30 p.m. 

    While history can tell us much about pandemics and infectious disease, it can’t explain everything that’s life changing about COVID-19. What are some of the unique and long-term impacts of this pandemic on economics, education, science, health care, hunger, and civil liberties, and what lessons might we learn from other countries? 

    Join Dr. Eric Carter, Edens Associate Professor of Geography and Global Health, and Dr. Ochi ’80, P'12, in conversation with President Suzanne Rivera.

    Big Questions events will take place online. 
    Closed Captioning will be provided in Zoom. 


    Dr. Eric D. Carter is the Edens Associate Professor of Geography and Global Health, and director of the Community and Global Health concentration, at Macalester College. His interdisciplinary research lies at the nexus of medical geography, political ecology, and the history of public health, with a regional focus on Latin America. His published work has covered such subjects as historical-geographical aspects of malaria control in Argentina; the influence of neoliberalism on health promotion projects in the US; environmental justice politics in Latino communities of Los Angeles; and community attitudes towards dengue fever control in Ecuador. His book Enemy in the Blood: Malaria, Environment, and Development in Argentina (2012) was awarded the prize for best book in Latin American environmental history by the Conference on Latin American History. Currently, he is working on a book project on the history of social medicine in Latin America from the 1930s to the present, research supported by grants from the US Fulbright Program and the American Council of Learned Societies.

    Medical School: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
    Residency: UC San Diego Health
    Fellowship: Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, UK

    Dr. Ochi '80, P'12 is a surgeon who specializes in helping children with ear, nose, and throat problems. He
    digitized his practice in the 1990s, a huge cost-saving technique that allowed him to care for patients from all socioeconomic levels. He has done medical missions to Africa and Southeast Asia, serving both as a physician and photographer to recruit sponsors for children in orphanages.

    Dr. Ochi has done groundbreaking research on the use of medical acupuncture in the operating room to reduce postoperative discomfort in children. His goal has always been to give his patients timely, efficient and cost-effective care. The upheaval from the coronavirus pandemic has provided unexpected opportunities to change his practice in order to continue to accomplish these objectives.

    Five members of his family spanning three generations have graduated from Mac: father
    Shigeru (’49), Jim (’80), brother Bob (’85), sister-in-law Amy (’85) and son Derek (’12).

    Big Questions are virtual events with Macalester President Rivera, faculty, staff, and alumni that celebrate the liberal arts with thought-provoking conversations about global issues, plus opportunities to connect with your fellow alumni, parents, and friends. See all Big Questions events

    There are many ways to stay connected to the Macalester community. Learn more about volunteer opportunities and consider making a gift to the Macalester Fund.  The twin pandemics of COVID-19 and ongoing racial injustice have magnified just how much we need Macalester students now. A Macalester education equips students with multifaceted 21st-century skills to tackle complex problems at home and abroad. Making a gift to the Macalester Fund

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