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Building an Interdisciplinary Institute at Duke: Opportunities and Challenges

A Discussion with Mike Merson
October 6th, 2017
11:45 AM


FSP | Building an Interdisciplinary Institute at DukeFriday, October 6, 2017
Forum for Scholars and Publics
11:45 am - 1 pm

011 Old Chem
Duke's West Campus Quad
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Join us for a conversation with Mike Merson, founding director of the Duke Global Health Institute. Ed Balleisen, historian and Duke’s third Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, will interview Dr. Merson about his experiences guiding a vibrant Duke institute from its launch through its first ten years. Their discussion will focus on key factors in building interdisciplinary intellectual communities within research universities. Q&A from the audience to follow. A light lunch will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Duke Global Health Institute.

Michael H. Merson, M.D.

Duke University

Michael H. Merson, M.D., is the founding director of the Duke Global Health Institute and vice chancellor for Duke-National University of Singapore affairs. He has held leadership positions at the Centers for Disease Control, Cholera Research Laboratory in Bangladesh, Diarrheal Diseases Control Program and Global Program on AIDS at the World Health Organization. In 1995, Merson became the first Dean of Public Health at Yale University. In 2001, he was named Professor of Public Health in the Yale School of Medicine, and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. Merson has advised UNAIDS, WHO, Global Fund, World Bank, Doris Duke Foundation, World Economic Forum, and the Gates Foundation, and is a member of the Commission for Smart Global Health Policy-CSIS and of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. He is senior editor of Global Health: Disease, Programs, Systems, and Policies, a leading global health textbook. He is a graduate of Amherst College and the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center.

Edward J. Balleisen

Duke University

Edward J. Balleisen is Duke's Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, as well as Professor of History and Public Policy. Balleisen has written widely on the historical intersections among law, business, and policy in the United States, as well as the evolution of American regulatory institutions and contemporary debates on regulatory governance. His most recent book is Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff (Princeton, 2017). A national leader in conversations about the need to foster versatility among doctoral students, Balleisen is also the program director for Duke's three-year Next Generation Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. As Vice Provost, Balleisen is responsible for facilitating cross-school collaborations around research, teaching, and outreach.