Global Health in an Era of De-Globalization

The 2017 Leila and Melville Straus 1960 Family Symposium on April 12, 2017 examines the future of global health in an era of de-globalization.

Post Symposium News:

The beginning of the 21st century was marked by unprecedented engagement in global health by national governments, multilateral organizations, and civil society groups. In the US, global health has enjoyed bipartisan support and cooperation across public, private, and philanthropic sectors. Investments in global health contributed to massive gains in health across the world, including access to treatment for over 8 million people living with HIV, the near-elimination of polio, and vast improvements in child survival rates. Recent epidemics of Ebola and Zika, the rising toll of noncommunicable diseases, and the growing impact of climate change on health highlight the changing nature of global health threats and the need for continued global cooperation in addressing them.

Whether rising anti-globalist sentiment reflected in electoral outcomes in the US and UK signals a period of retrenchment for governments remains unknown. What is clear is that global health—and the confluence of actors that has brought it to the fore as an area for global cooperation—is at an inflection point.

The 2017 Leila and Melville Straus 1960 Family Symposium will bring together thought leaders, faculty, and students to discuss the future of global health in an era of de-globalization. The day-long symposium features a series of panel discussions and a keynote address by Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet

Learn more about the Leila and Melville Straus 1960 Family Symposium.

Symposium Agenda

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Panel Sessions
Hayward Room, Hanover Inn
Dartmouth College


  • Dr. Lisa Adams MED '90, Faculty Coordinator of the Dickey Center's Global Health Initiative 
  • Anne Sosin '02, Program Manager of the Dickey Center's Global Health Initiative

Session I: The Changing Landscape of Global Health 
Session Chair: Dr. Lisa Adams ​

  • Susan Chatwood, Executive and Scientific Director, Institute for Circumpolar Health Research 
  • Dr. Nils Daulaire, Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Senior Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute
  • Dr. Vanessa Kerry, Chief Executive Officer, Seed Global Health
  • Dr. Michelle Morse, Founding Co-Director, Equal Health and Advisor, Partners In Health

Session II: Threats and Opportunities
Session Chair: Brendan Nyhan, Professor of Government, Dartmouth

Working Lunch with Roundtable Discussions

Session III: The Way Forward
Session Chair: Dr. Martin Cetron


Keynote Lecture
Ballroom, Hanover Inn

"Planetary Health: Perils and Possibilities for Human Civilization (view on YouTube)
Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet



In the winter of 2014, Leila and Melville Straus established the Straus 1960 Family Symposium at Dartmouth’s John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. The gift is intended to support efforts “to produce the best understanding and analysis of central international issues with collaborative research on complex problems, with a preference for topics that include war and peace studies, conflict resolution, international governments, and human rights.”

In addition to the Dickey Center, the Center for Health Equity is co-sponsoring the 2017 Straus 1960 Family Symposium.

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Panel discussions focus on three areas: the current landscape of global health; the changing threats; and the way forward. Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet  (below), delivers the keynote address. 

Richard Horton
The John Sloan Dickey Center