[Michlib-l] Shifting Landscapes tonight -- Epidemiology: Why Does the Course of Disease Matter?

Thomas Trahey ttrahey at mcdlibrary.org
Mon Nov 15 15:10:00 EST 2021

Mason County District Library and Abondia Center turn to epidemiology in
the public lecture series Shifting Landscapes on Monday November 15, with
Epidemiology: Why Does the Course of Disease Matter? at 7-8:30 pm Zoom (mcdl
<http://mcdl.pub/sl-zoom>.pub/sl-zoom), featuring Kenneth Dudley,
M.D.,  assistant
professor of medicine at Michigan State University College of Human
Medicine, and Jordan Powell, MPH, epidemiologist, District Health Dept #10.

         This 2021-2022 series is exploring six areas of our lives that
have been reshaped during the Covid-19 epidemic and the many events that
have occurred in the past 20 months. Science is the second topic in the
Shifting Landscapes series.

         Kenneth Dudley, formerly a Family Physician, now teaches
epidemiology to first-year medical students. He will address the questions,
What is epidemiology? and Why is it important? Because it is important to
get human science correct, more money has been put into epidemiology than
any other field of science. He will discuss how the result-surprising
insights into how we know can be applied to every other branch of

         Jordan Powell will explore why there’s an epidemiologist at
District Health Dept#10. She’ll outline what is helpful for the public to
know as they obtain information from both news sources and social media as
well as on DHD#10’s website. Especially important is an understanding of
the paths and patterns of diseases, including infectious diseases like
Covid-19 and chronic diseases like diabetes and cancer.

         In asking questions about the nature of science, vaccines, and the
epidemiological course of the pandemic, Shifting Landscapes’ series seeks
to address questions on people’s minds. It also hopes the information helps
them get more from news sources as well as their health professionals and
others about science that matters to them.

         There will be no sessions in December but the Shifting Landscapes
series will start again January 10 focusing on education, including the
1619 Project (Jan10), Critical Race Theory (Jan 17), and Teaching Difficult
Truths to Children and Youth (Jan 24). Additional topics include
Race/Racism (Feb 7, 14, 21), Truth in Politics (Mar 7, 14, 21), and
Economics (Apr 4, 11, 18).

         If you are interested in hosting a live viewing of some of these
future events at your library, let me know. Your attendees will be able to
interact with the speaker and the rest of the viewers. We will provide
press releases and brochures. This would be free quality programming for
your library.

         Events are free, live or by Zoom at mcdl <http://mcdl.pub/sl-zoom>
.pub/sl-zoom. Tickets are not necessary but registration is helpful. To
register: mcdl.pub/sl-register. For information check the Mason County
District Library website: mcdlibrary.org or contact Thomas Trahey, Mason
County District Library at ttrahey at mcdlibrary.org or Brooke Portmann,
director of Abondia Center, at baportmann312 at gmail.com

        This project has been funded by grants from Michigan Council for
Arts and Cultural Affairs and Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the
National Endowment for the Humanities.

Thomas Trahey
Mason County District Library
Head of Circulation
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