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After the Bell: Parasites, Poverty, and the Social Side of Global Health with Dr. Eric Wetzel

Thursday, March 11, 2021
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST

Wabash "rings-out" a new class to our alumni ranks each year. After the Bell offers opportunities to come back to the Wabash classroom and attend virtual liberal arts sessions with current faculty members. Join us for this live virtual event being offered for Wabash alumni, spouses, partners, parents, and friends.

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) – including some that are now in the United States – are mainly parasitic diseases of poverty. Given that these infections represent encounters between parasitic organisms and hosts, it would seem like understanding them would be a straight-forward consideration of biology and species interactions. However, global health problems like these are, in fact, multi-disciplinary problems – indeed, liberal arts problems – that require careful consideration of risk factors from a variety of perspectives including the life sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts. What are these factors and what role(s) do they play and what can we learn from this as we look at the current COVID-19 pandemic? Together we’ll consider some of the social, economic, and political factors that contribute to our study of, and fight against, these infections.

Eric Wetzel, Norman E. Treves Professor of Biology & Director, Wabash Global Health Initiative

Dr. Eric Wetzel joined the Wabash faculty in 1996. His teaching and research are centered on the field of invertebrate zoology and involves both field and laboratory work. He has led course-related immersion trips to the Gulf Coast, to the coral reefs of Jamaica and Belize, and to the Amazonian rainforest of Peru. Dr. Wetzel is the Director of the Wabash Global Health Initiative, which works through education, investigation, and service to impact students and people in underserved communities. International work of the WGHI currently focuses on collaborations in the South American country of Peru, with work in rainforest, Andean and coastal regions.