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The Alworth Institute is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a series of events. On Wed., Sept. 26, T. R. Reid, correspondent and reporter for NPR and PBS and author of The Healing of America, will present “One Shoulder, Ten Countries: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care.” This event, the 2012-13 Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Memorial Lecture, will be held in Bohannon Hall 90 from 7-9 pm and is free and open to the public. Copies of Reid's book will be sold at the event, and he will sign his books.
There will also be a discussion of Reid’s book The Healing of America on Tues., Sept. 25 at 7 pm in the Library Rotunda. He will attend the event and answer questions.
The Alworth Institute will show Reid’s PBS Frontline documentary “Sick Around the World: Other Rich Countries Have Universal Health Care. Why Don't We?” on Wed. Sept. 19 at 7 pm in Montague Hall 70.
These events are co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth and the College of Liberal Arts and kick off a year-long focus by the Alworth Institute on comparative health care. Cindy Christian, director of the Alworth Institute, said they chose Reid to launch their events because his book, The Healing of America, is comprehensive and yet accessible to people outside the health care industry. "Comparative health care is a complex issue. T. R. Reid presents the information in a way that people understand."
About T. R. Reid
T. R. Reid has become one of the nation's best-known reporters through his coverage of global affairs for The Washington Post, his books and documentary films, and his light-hearted commentaries on National Public Radio. At The Washington Post, he covered Congress and four presidential campaigns. He served as the paper's bureau chief in Tokyo and in London. He has reported from three dozen countries on five continents. Reid has written and hosted documentary films for National Geographic TV, for PBS, and for the A&E network. He is a regular commentator on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition."
His latest book The Healing of America, was published in the fall of 2009 and quickly became a national bestseller. PBS Frontline made two documentaries following Reid around the world. He has written seven books in English, three in Japanese, and translated one book from the Japanese. Reid majored in Classics at Princeton University, and served as a naval officer and a teacher. Reid is a member of the board of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, the Japan-America Society of Colorado, and the University of Colorado Medical School.
About the Alworth Institute
The Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Institute for International Studies (The Alworth Institute) was established in 1987 by the Alworth family to commemorate the life and interests of Royal D. Alworth, Jr. In line with those interests, the Alworth Institute aims to engage students, faculty, staff, and the wider public in open discussion, for educational, social, and democratic purposes, on a wide range of international issues and about their domestic implications.
The objectives of the Alworth Institute are to: 1) promote knowledge and understanding of both topical, and enduring, international and global issues amongst students, staff and the community served by UMD; 2) provide accessible seminars, public lectures and conferences on international issues in ways likely to promote international understanding, enhance democratic discussion, negotiation and reconciliation; 3) articulate international issues and any domestic implications in ways that help further discussion nationally and locally; and 4) act as a shared community resource, on issues relating to international studies, with the wider community served by UMD.
Visit the Alworth Institute website for more information about other events including the International Lecture Series and the Brown Bag Lecture Series.
Written by Kathleen McQuillan-Hofmann, September 2012
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