In January of 2019, Winsor will hold its second Global Forum, titled “Sick Days: Disease and Its Role in Human Society.” Launched in 2017, the forum is a biennial, weeklong Jan term for the entire school. Each forum is dedicated to the study of one of our most pressing global challenges and allows students and faculty to immerse themselves collectively in the study of socially relevant world issues.
This year’s Global Forum began in November on Community Curriculum Day, a day dedicated to learning about infectious diseases. In a keynote address, Winsor’s own Natasha Hochberg ’92 shared her experiences as an infectious disease specialist. In their small working groups, students were asked to identify a country far from meeting the United Nations Development Program’s target goals regarding disease and to choose a disease or disease-related problem in that country that affects the nation’s ability to grow and develop.
On the final day of the Global Forum, each team will present their action plan or maker project to a panel of judges. The global health teams that deliver the most innovative and effective solutions by the end of the forum will receive the Disease Challenge Prize.