Location for AU Event Changed to Redwood Hall

3/20/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – Several Ashland University groups are co-sponsoring a lecture titled “The Tobacco Pandemic and Global Governance: Historical and Ethical Reflections on the Persistence of Smoking in the 21st Century” to be held Wednesday, March 29, at 7:15 p.m. in Redwood Hall on the AU campus.

The event is free and open to the public and the speaker will be Dr. Allan M. Brandt of Harvard University. This lecture will analyze the rise of tobacco consumption in the U.S. during the course of the 20th century. It will examine issues of tobacco agriculture, technology and industry, as well a growing medical evidence of the harms of smoking.

The law, politics and ethics of smoking as a health risk will be assessed. Fundamental questions of global health disparities, trade and consumption will be evaluated. The lecture will conclude with an analysis of the rise of e-cigarettes and other new technologies as well as the current global parameters of tobacco control.

Brandt is the Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine and professor of the History of Science. He holds a joint appointment between the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Medical School.  Brandt served as dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from 2008 to 2012. He earned his undergraduate degree at Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in American History from Columbia University. His work focuses on social and ethical aspects of health, disease, medical practices and global health in the 20th century. Brandt is the author of No Magic Bullet: A Social History of Venereal Disease in the United States since 1880 (1987), and co-editor of Morality and Health (1997). He has written on the social history of epidemic disease, the history of public health and health policy, and the history of human experimentation among other topics. His book on the social and cultural history of cigarette smoking in the U.S., The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product that Defined America, was published by Basic Books in 2007 (paperback, 2009). The book received the Bancroft Prize from Columbia University in 2008 and the Welch Medal from the American Association for the History of Medicine in 2011. Brandt has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is currently writing about the impact stigma has on patients and health outcomes.

The AU groups serving as sponsors for the event are: EagleWell (Campus Wellness); the Department of Chemistry, Geology and Physics; the Department of Philosophy; the Philosophy Club; Phi Sigma Tau, the philosophy honor society; and the Honors Program.

This lecture is marking the 50th anniversary of the Science as a Cultural Force course, which was first taught on the AU campus in the late 1960s. The course was developed by AU Chemistry professor Thomas VanOsdall, and grew in part out of a dialogue VanOsdall had with British writer and theologian CS Lewis.  

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.