Fall 2018: The Common Good
Beatrix Hoffman is a historian of the U.S. health care system. She is the author of two books, The Wages of Sickness: The Politics of Health Insurance in Progressive America and Health Care for Some: Rights and Rationing in the United States since 1930, and co-editor of Patients as Policy Actors. She has published articles on many topics in health care history, including social movements in the U.S. health system, the origins of insurance copayments and deductibles, and the rise of the emergency room as safety net. She has been the recipient of awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council for Learned Societies, and served as guest curator for the National Library of Medicine's exhibition "For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform." Beatrix is Professor of History at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, where she is a member of Faculty Advocates for Undocumented Students and NIU DREAM Action. Her current research examines the history of the right to health care for immigrants and migrants in the United States.
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Cosponsored by the Park Street Corporation Speaker Series and the Lowell Humanities Series
Harvard political philosopher and bestselling author Michael Sandel challenges audiences to examine the ethical dilemmas we confront in politics and in our everyday lives. Sandel has been described by New Republic as “the most famous teacher of philosophy in the world.” Sandel’s legendary course "Justice" has enrolled over 15,000 students and was the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on public television. In his latest bestseller, What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, Sandel invites readers to rethink the role that money and markets should play in our lives. Sandel served for four years on the President's Council on Bioethics, exploring the ethical implications of new biomedical technologies. This prompted him to write The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering, a book about the moral quandaries that arise when we seek to perfect our children and ourselves. He has appeared on The Colbert Report, the Today Show, and Morning Joe.
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