October 27, 2014
Gregg Mitman was shooting a documentary in Liberia this summer when Ebola hit the headlines. Tony Goldberg has studied bats and the diseases they carry in Uganda. Back on campus, professors Mitman, Goldberg, and Alta Charo discuss how UW–Madison is involved in holistic, cross-disciplinary efforts to understand the Ebola crisis and propose solutions.
Charo provides a legal and ethical perspective on balancing public health with civil rights. Goldberg, a faculty affiliate of the Nelson Institute, speaks of the challenge to predict and prevent the next outbreak. And Mitman, director of the Nelson Institute Center for Culture, History and Environment, critiques the role that a lack of investment in the public health infrastructure played in the current outbreak.