Pandemic History, Pandemic Future: AIDS, Activism, and Today's Agenda for Global Equity & Public Health
Emily Bass has spent more than twenty years writing about and working on HIV/AIDS in America and East and Southern Africa. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Esquire, The Lancet, Ms., n+1, Out, POZ, Slice, and has received notable mention in Best American Essays. A lifelong social justice activist, Emily has served as an external expert for the World Health Organization and is a member of the What Would an HIV Doula Do Collective. To End a Plague, her book on America's war on AIDS in Africa (PublicAffairs Press) “must be on every US president’s table in the Oval Office to remind them of their commitment to continue foreign aid for good,” according to The Lancet. She has been a Fulbright journalism scholar in Uganda and received scholarships from the Norman Mailer Writer's Colony and the Vermont Studio Center. She was the 2018-2019 Martin Duberman Visiting Research Fellow at the New York Public Library.
Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH, is associate professor of medicine in the Division of Global Health Equity, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and associate professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School. In the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, she directs the Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery program and the Program in Global Medical Education and Social Change. She teaches infectious disease, global health delivery and human rights to health professionals and students from around the world. Dr. Mukherjee has helped to create new residency and fellowship training programs for Rwandan and Haitian physicians as well as global health residencies and fellowships for US trainees at Harvard and other American universities. Dr. Mukherjee’s scholarly work focuses on the provision of health as a human right and on the design, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive health care in resource-poor settings.
Maureen Luba, MMSc-GHD 2023 (candidate) is the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC) African Regional Advocacy Advisor: COMPASS and AVAC. COMPASS is a north-south coalition focused on data-informed advocacy and activism at the country level. Maureen is Malawi-based and continues to work with and at MANET/CEDEP, where she previously worked as the Joint Advocacy Project Coordinator helping improve the participation of people living with HIV and key populations in Global Fund and PEPFAR processes. She belongs to two regional networks, the VARG and AfHNi, and sits on a Board of the International Partnership for Microbicides representing young, Africa women. In August 2015, she was named one of the Global Change Women Leaders by Coady International Institute in Canada for her contributions towards community development initiatives. Maureen holds a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College.