Memorial Lecture

Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Memorial Lecture

This annual lecture, named in honor of the late Royal D. Alworth, Jr.'s life and interests, is designed to raise public understanding of a significant international topic.

The 2021 Memorial lecture features Dr. Rebecca Katz speaking on

Pandemic Preparedness and Global Health Governance

Dr. Katz's presentation completes the Alworth Institute's 2020-2021 look at the COVID-19 pandemic, its affect on governments around the world, and the challenges it presented for the global health institutions' response. She will analyze the weaknesses revealed by the system,    the lessons learned, and how the global community should prepare for the next pandemic. She will use her expertise to assess the security our public health security.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 7:00 pm (CDT)

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Dr. Rebecca Katz

Dr. Rebecca Katz is a Professor and Director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical Center. She teaches courses on global health diplomacy, global health security, and emerging infectious diseases in the School of Foreign Service. Prior to coming to Georgetown in 2016, she spent ten years at The George Washington University as faculty in the Milken Institute School of Public Health. Since 2007, much of her work has been on the domestic and global implementation of the International Health Regulations as well as global governance of public health emergencies. She has authored over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts, and three books in addition to numerous op eds, blogs, white papers and book chapters. In 2019, Dr. Katz co-convened the first international scientific conference on global health security, bringing together over 900 participants from around the world to form a community of practice

From 2004 to 2019, Dr. Katz was a consultant to the Department of State, working on issues related to the Biological Weapons Convention, pandemic influenza and disease surveillance. In January 2020, she rejoined the Department of State as a senior advisor on the global COVID-19 response and global health security. 

Dr. Katz received her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College, an M.P.H. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.