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Bethlehem, Pa., April 2, 2014— Fran Quigley, clinical professor of law, teaching in the Health and Human Rights Clinic of the Indiana University School of Law, will present, “When the Best Medicine is an Advocate,” at Moravian on Monday, April 14 at 7 p.m. The talk which is part of Moravian College’s Healthcare | In Focus program, is free and open to the public. The lecture will be held in the Haupert Union Building, UBC Room.
Quigley is the author of the book Walking Together, Walking Far: How a U.S. and African Medical School Partnership Is Winning the Fight Against the HIV/AIDS Pandemic (Indiana University Press, 2009), the forthcoming book How Human Rights Can Build Haiti: The Lawyers, the Activists, and the Grassroots Movement (Vanderbilt University Press, 2014), and a number of academic journal articles on social justice and human rights. He has also served as the executive director of ACLU of Indiana and as a staff attorney with Indiana Legal Services.
His talk will tie in the historic activism that led to governments providing international funding to treat HIV in places like Kenya, the advocacy that social workers and lawyers do at the retail level for low-income health care patients in the .U.S as well as in places like Kenya (partnering with physicians to address the so-called social determinants of health, such as safe housing, access to health insurance, freedom from domestic violence, etc.), and the macro-level advocacy for cholera victims in Haiti.
Using Haiti as an example, Quigley will discuss how Haitian human rights lawyers originally responded to the UN-triggered cholera epidemic by thinking that this was a problem for physicians. But advocates soon realized that you needed more than medicine to treat the epidemic. Now, there is both street-level activism in Haiti and a global campaign that aims for a long-needed modern water treatment system in the country that will help prevent future epidemics as well as provide a necessary component—access to clean water—that all human communities need.
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Moravian College is a private coeducational liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college and the first to educate women. Moravian emphasizes the deliberate integration of a broad-based liberal arts curriculum with hands-on learning experiences to effectively prepare its 1,600 students, not just for jobs, but for successful careers. Moravian College excels at transforming good students into highly competent graduates that are ready to enter the workplace with confidence or shine in graduate school. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.