Northwestern's Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Studies and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine are co-sponsoring an interdisciplinary symposium on global health that will be held in Chicago in November.


The event, "Global Health Then and Now: Equality, Development, and Globalization," will be held November 20 and 21. The central goal of the symposium is to catalyze the exchange and cross-pollination of ideas and research on the interdisciplinary factors, impediments and solutions to the advancement of global health.


Economist and author Jeffrey D. Sachs will be the event's keynote speaker. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders.


Sachs is widely considered one of the world’s leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty. His work on ending poverty, promoting economic growth, fighting hunger and disease and promoting sustainable environmental practices has taken him to more than 125 countries that are home to more than 90 percent of the world’s population. For more than a quarter century he has advised dozens of heads of state and governments on economic strategy in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.


For more information about the symposium, including a registration link, visit the Buffett Institute's website.