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The Global Pandemic Response: Reflections and Next Steps

April 7, 2022, 7:00 PM


This year's George J. Mitchell International Lecture Series speaker is Gayle E. Smith, who has served as a top advisor on international issues for three American presidents and is one of the world’s leading experts on global development and global health security. In 2021, Smith took on a temporary role at the request of the Secretary of State and served as U.S. State Department’s Coordinator for Global COVID Response & Health Security, where she played a leading role in the U.S. effort to end the global pandemic. She is currently the CEO of the ONE Campaign. Her previous roles have included being the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Her lecture will be on the global pandemic response from vaccine distributions to recommendations on next steps. With her previous experience as the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development and as the current CEO of the ONE Campaign, she could also talk in the Q&A about U.S. humanitarian response in Ukraine or the European refugee crisis.

The George J. Mitchell International Lecture Series at Colby College is an annual event that features a prominent leader discussing a critical public policy issue. The series is in honor of former U.S. Senator, statesman, international negotiator, and Waterville native George J. Mitchell and is hosted by the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs. Past speakers have included Madeleine Albright, Senator Angus King, and Senator Susan Collins.

Also note that Dr. Nariv Shah, the CDC Maine Director, will be doing introductory remarks and there will be a Q&A period with the audience, which will be moderated by Kimberly Flowers, Executive Director of the Goldfarb Center.

This event has been organized by the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs at Colby and will be livestreamed with the option to attend in person at Ostrove Auditorium in the Diamond Building.

A dessert bar and Goldfarb swag will be available.

This event is the first Goldfarb Center event open to the public for two years. Non-vaccinated visitors are required to wear a mask. Masks are optional for those who are vaccinated.

 Livestreamed at 7:00 Thurs, Apr 7, 2022 online:  colby.edu/livestream


April 7, 2022
7:00 PM


Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement
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Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building, Colby College
Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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