2017 Provost’s Global Forum: Women’s Health & Environment


Jake Slobe | April 11, 2017

The University of Iowa will host scholars, experts, and researchers from around the world  this week as part of the 2017 Provost’s Global Forum, “Women’s Health & Environment: Going Up in Smoke” The goal of the Provost’s Global Forum is to inspire discussions of global affairs and build relationships between the university and the state of Iowa.

Wednesday, April 12
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Joel Barkan Memorial Lecture
Presentation by Gautam Yadama
Senate Chamber, Old Capitol Museum
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Display and demonstrations of cookstoves
Anne Cleary Walkway
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. – WorldCanvass: Women’s Health and the Environment: Going Up in Smoke

Thursday, April 13
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. – Keynote Presentation
Kirk Smith, Professor of global & environmental health, University of California,
Senate Chamber, Old Capitol Museum
10:00 – 12:45 p.m. – Panel I: Carbon, Climate Change, and Biomass Use
Senate Chamber, Old Capitol Museum
2:15 – 5:00 p.m. –  Panel II: Global Health Effects of Emissions from Biofuels
Pappajohn Business Building, Room W151
7:30 p.m. Screening of film: “What the Health”
Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa Theater

Friday, April 14
8:15 – 9:00 a.m. – Keynote Presentation
Atul Jain, professor, department of atmospheric sciences, University of Illinois
Becker Communication Studies Building, Room #101
9:00 – 12:30 p.m. – Panel III: Policy and Fuel Use in Developing Countries
Becker Communication Studies Building, Room #101
12:30 – 12:45 p.m. – Concluding Comments
Becker Communication Studies Building, Room #101
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion: “Writing About Climate Change”
Becker Communication Studies Building, Room #101

Starting the conference will be Gautam Yadama, assistant vice chancellor for international affairs and dean of Boston College School of Social Work will deliver the Joel Barkan Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, April 12, at 11:00 a.m., in the Senate Chamber in the UI Old Capitol Museum. Forum organizers will host a display and demonstration of cookstoves on the T. Anne Cleary Walkway from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., followed in the evening by a live production of WorldCanvass from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Voxman Music Building. This televised discussion is hosted by Joan Kjaer and will feature many of the forum’s keynote speakers and scholars.

On Thursday, April 13, Kirk Smith, professor of global environmental health at University of California, Berkeley, will provide a second keynote presentation at 8:30 a.m. in the Senate Chamber, followed by expert-led panel discussions from 10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Afternoon panel discussions will take place from 2:15 to 5:00 p.m. in the Pappajohn Business Building, room W151. Topics will range from discussions concerning climate change, global health impacts, and technology alternatives to wood-burning cookstoves. The day will conclude with a special film screening of the documentary What the Health at 7:30 p.m. at the Iowa Theater in the Iowa Memorial Union.

The final day of the forum, Friday, April 14, will take place at the Becker Communication Studies Building from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with panel discussions focused on clean cookstove programs, prospects for the future, as well as a special panel on the topic of writing about climate change.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information about events and to learn more about those involved in the forum, visit international.uiowa.edu/up-in-smoke.


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