The Health Impact Fund: Enhancing Justice & Efficancy in Global Health
Speaker Thomas Pogge
Thursday, February 20, 2014 | 5:30 PM | Laurel Forum
Thomas Pogge is the Director of the Global Justice Program and the Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University. Having received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard, Thomas Pogge has published widely on Kant and in moral and political philosophy, including various books on Rawls and global justice. In addition to his Yale appointment, he is the Research Director of the Centre for the Study of the Mind in Nature at the University of Oslo and a Professorial Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.
At least a third of all human beings die prematurely from causes that access to better medical treatment could avert. One culprit is the existing regime for rewarding pharmaceutical innovations. It provides incentives for the development and distribution of new medicines; but it also excludes poor people from their benefits. It seems clear that public funds should be mobilized to complement the present regime so as to give poor people access to advanced medicines at affordable prices and to bolster research efforts against diseases concentrated among the poor. But what is the best way to achieve these objectives? One proposal is the Health Impact Fund, which would give pharmaceutical innovators the option to be rewarded according to the incremental health impact of their product rather than through patent-protected mark-ups. The HIF would stimulate the development of high-impact medicines, especially for currently neglected diseases, would ensure that such products are available everywhere at no more than the lowest feasible cost of manufacture and distribution, and would encourage innovators to market such medicines with the aim of reducing the global disease burden in the most cost-effective way. This presentation will (a) introduce the HIF proposal and the moral reasons in its favor, (b) discuss its implementation, funding, and economic viability, (c) explain its advantages for pharmaceutical firms and for poor and affluent populations, and (d) report on efforts to pilot the HIF idea in India with an important new medicine.
Sponsered by: Howerton Professorship, NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship, Belk Professorship, UNCA Philosophy Student Association, International Studies Program, Department of Political Science & the Humanities Program
Reclaiming Sacred Ground: Native American Self-Representation in Film
Smoke Signals Rescheduled for Febraury 5th at West Asheville Library starting at 6:30 PM
Led by UNC Asheville professors Trey Adcock, Reid Chapman and Sarah Judson, "Reclaiming Sacred Ground: Native American Self-Representation in Film" is a 4-part film and discussion series at the West Asheville Library beginning in January.
The series will start with Smoke Signals, the first feature film made by a Native American crew and creative team, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
The next three films in this series will be:
- February 26 - Barking Water
- March 19 - The Fast Runner
- April 23 - The Cherokee Word for Water (screening at Pack Memorial Library).
Part of the Spring 2014 Engaged Collaborative Humanities Projects
Spring 2014 NEH Engaged Collaborative Humanities Projects Announced
Congratulations to the Spring 2014 grant recipients!
Starting last year, the NEH Dintinguished Professorship began offering stipends for projects that connect a traditional humanities discipline with some other field. These projects are then shared with a broader audience through talk, performance, exhibition, and so on.
Spring 2014 Projects:
- Searching for REEL Indians
- Invisible Inequality: The History & Legacy of U.S. Mass Incarceration
- Re-visioned Classics
- The Human Wellness Project
The Iquiring "I": First-Person Inquiry Across Disciplines and Domains
Humanities Program Announces New Director
Academic Affairs and University Programs are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Brian Hook to the directorship of the Humanities Program. Brian has taught in the program since his arrival in 2001 and brings with him seven years of experience as coordinator of HUM 124. In addition to lecturing regularly in the program, he was one of the editors of the HUM 124 reader and is the assessment liaison for the HUM program.
We also wish to thank Grant Hardy for his stewardship of the Humanities Program for the past three years. During his tenure as Humanities Director, Grant worked as a member of the Curriculum Review Task Force and supported a number of faculty development and programming initiatives.
Philosopher, Author & Activist
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 7:30p.m.
Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena
"Author and political philosopher Dr. Cornel West discussed the role of race, gender and class in America before a full house at the University of North Carolina Asheville’s Kimmel Arena on Wednesday night."
- Mountain Express
"A line wound around UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center Wednesday evening as students, faculty and community members came out to hear Cornel West speak."
- Asheville Citizen Times
"When he speaks, whether privately to a fan or publicly to a crowd of three thousand like the one that sat raptly listening at UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Arena Nov. 6, he focuses like a laser on the subject at hand, even as his mind makes connections between Plato and Foucault, DuBois and Douglass, Nina Simone, Barack Obama, and local historian Darin Waters."
- Urban News
Sponsored by UNC Asheville History Department,Thomas Howerton Distinguished Professor of Humanities,NEH Distinguished Professor, Provost, Associate Provost,Dean of Humanities, Multicultural Student Programs,University Advancement, and Center for Diversity Education
On June 19, 2013 the American Academy of Arts & Sciences' Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences released a report called The Heart of the Matter.
Follow this link to view the report, see a brief film overview and watch the report briefing.
Among the Profiles of Noteworthy May 2013 Graduates was Humanities Minor, Graelin Chidsey.
Graelin transferred to UNC Asheville from N.C. State University's engineering program with plans to become a teacher and refocus on her love of literature. While majoring in literature and language, she minored in humanities and earned two teaching licensures, for grades 6-9 language arts and 9-12 English. As she was completing her student teaching at AC Reynolds Middle School this spring, she was asked to take over the class full-time when another teacher went on leave. This August, she will begin teaching eighth-grade humanities at her middle school alma mater, Paisley International Baccalaureate Magnet School in Winston-Salem. She earned a Bachelor of Arts with departmental distinction and cum laude honors.
Learn more about our Humanities Minor.
My UNC Asheville classes included French studies and African art and literature. It is a world-focus model – you learn how people function in society. So I have a solid humanities foundation and I feel really prepared to design and teach the course at Paisley ... it's a great opportunity. – Graelin Chidsey
Dr. Cornett was recently awarded the 2013 Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Cornett continues to work side-by-side with her students in the 16 different courses that she has taught in as many years at UNC Asheville. She currently chairs the Political Science Department and previously directed the International Studies Program – an interdisciplinary major that draws classes from political science, economics, foreign languages, and mass communication to name a few. It’s an idea sparked during her undergraduate experience at a liberal arts college in her home state of Kentucky, where she sampled several subjects before settling into political science. She earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. at the University of Washington, with a plan to research the intersection of economics and politics, but she fell in love with teaching, a passion apparent to students and other faculty members.
Students leave Cornett’s classes prepared for their future courses at UNC Asheville, graduate school or a career in international affairs. In a larger context, they are ready to take on the world, and that’s what Cornett strives for, as summed up by one of her favorite readings.
“In an article we read in Humanities 414 by E.F. Schumacher, he argued that the real value of education is not that you learn facts and figures, it’s that you gain a set of intellectual tools that make your world intelligible to you. You don’t feel helpless, alienated and frightened by it. You feel empowered. That’s always inspired me,” she said. “I’m not telling my students how to think, or giving them facts and figures, but providing the intellectual tools to understand world affairs and be able to contribute to a better world.”