Conversations with ...

Conversations with ...

For his Conversations with ... series, Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the School of Public Health, joins distinguished expert guests in conversation on various aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Register for upcoming Conversation webinars and watch past talks below.

A Conversation with Dr. James Gavin, III

Next Conversation: February 14, 2022

A Conversation with Dr. James Gavin, III

Please join Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, for a conversation with Dr. James Gavin, clinical professor of medicine at Emory University
School of Medicine and Principal, J.R. Gavin & Associates, LLC. He also serves as Chief Medical Officer of Healing Our Village, Inc. He served as President and CEO of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

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A Conversation with Dr. Sapna Desai

November 30, 2021

A Conversation with Dr. Sapna Desai

Please join Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, for a conversation with Dr. Sapna Desai, a public health researcher and practitioner based at the Population Council in New Delhi, India, where she focuses on women’s health, community-based interventions and health systems

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A Conversation with Dr. Noubar Afeyan

October 14, 2021

A Conversation with Dr. Noubar Afeyan

As a key advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recommended booster shots for those who received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of the Brown School of Public Health, spoke with Noubar Afeyan, CEO of Flagship Pioneering, the company that created and nurtured Moderna, as part of the Dean’s conversation series.

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A Conversation with Dr. Zeynep Tüfekçi<br />

September 22, 2021

A Conversation with Dr. Zeynep Tüfekçi

Dean Ashish K. Jha was joined for a conversation with Dr. Zeynep Tüfekçi, McColl Term Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science, and Contributing opinion writer at The Atlantic and The New York Times. They discuss what we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, how we’re still learning (and not learning) lessons, and how we do better in future health crises.

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Dr. Gökhan Hotamışlıgil

May 18, 2021

A Conversation with Dr. Gökhan Hotamışlıgil

Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, was joined for a conversation on what the pandemic taught us about the role of basic science in public health with Gökhan Hotamışlıgil, MD, PhD, James S. Simmons Professor, Department of Molecular Metabolism and Director of the Sabri Ülker Center for Metabolic Research at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. An interactive audience Q&A followed the talk.

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Dr. Helene D. Gayle

February 11, 2021

A Conversation with Dr. Helene D. Gayle

Dr. Helene D. Gayle, MD has been president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations, since October 2017. Under her leadership, the Trust has adopted a new strategic focus on closing the racial and ethnic wealth gap in the Chicago region.

For almost a decade, she was president and CEO of CARE, a leading international humanitarian organization. An expert on global development, humanitarian and health issues, Dr. Gayle spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS. She worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues. She also launched the McKinsey Social Initiative (now McKinsey.org), a nonprofit that builds partnerships for social impact.

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Valerie Montgomery Rice

December 9, 2020

A Conversation with Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice

Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG, provides a valuable combination of experience at the highest levels of patient care and medical research, as well as organizational management and public health policy. Marrying her transformational leadership acumen and strategic thinking to tackle challenging management issues, she has a track record of redesigning complex organizations’ infrastructures to reflect the needs of evolving strategic environments and position the organization for success through sustainability tactics.

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Wendy Schiller

October 20, 2020

A Conversation with Wendy Schiller

Dean Ashish Jha and Professor Wendy Schiller, PhD take stock of current conditions in the United States and discuss their political ramifications as well as the ongoing impact of the pandemic on patients and health care professionals on the front lines.

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Heidi J. Larson

October 1, 2020

A Conversation with Heidi J. Larson, PhD

Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the School of Public Health, spoke with Heidi J. Larson, Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

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Anthony S. Fauci

August 7, 2020

A Conversation with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci

In an online forum hosted by Brown University President Christina Paxson and Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the School of Public Health, Dr. Anthony Fauci talked about the prevalence of the virus in the U.S. and what people can do to slow the spread. Watch the video in its entirety, or jump to a specific time that interests you:

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