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Grace Winter Forum Online with Larry Brilliant: What’s Next For COVID-19?

Monday, March 1 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Larry Brilliant is a physician and epidemiologist, CEO of Pandefense Advisory, senior advisor at Skoll Foundation and former professor of epidemiology and WHO medical officer. He is also a person of abiding faith.

He joined Dean Malcolm Clemens Young in March of 2019 to reflect upon what we could learn from the history of smallpox as we face pandemics of the future. Just one year later, COVID-19 entered our lives.

Each year Grace Cathedral chooses a theme for reflection, and in 2021 our theme is healing.  As we enter the second year of the pandemic, we need more than healing. We need strength, endurance, steadfastness, the ability to hang on, and finally — hope. In this second conversation with Dean Young, Dr. Brilliant will put the pandemic in the perspective we need, discuss what’s really happening now and what we can expect next.

Register here to join the Zoom webinar. 

Space is limited. The Forum will also be broadcast on Facebook, and posted on our Youtube channel for viewing following the livestream.   

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About the Guest  

Dr. Larry Brilliant is a physician and epidemiologist, CEO of Pandefense Advisory, and a CNN Medical Analyst. Previously, he served on the board of the Skoll Foundation, was Chair of the Advisory Board of the NGO Ending Pandemics, the president and CEO of the Skoll Global Threats Fund, vice president of Google, and the founding executive director of Google.org. He co-founded the Seva Foundation, an NGO whose programs have given back sight to more than 5 million blind people in two dozen countries. In addition, he co-founded The Well, a progenitor of today’s social media platforms. Earlier in his career, Dr. Brilliant was an associate professor of epidemiology and international health planning at the University of Michigan. Dr. Brilliant lived in India for nearly a decade where he was a key member of the successful WHO Smallpox Eradication Programme for SE Asia as well as the WHO Polio Eradication Programme. He was the founding chairman of the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee (NBAS), which was created by presidential directive of President George W. Bush. He was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Agenda Council on Catastrophic Risk and a “First Responder” for CDC’s bio-terrorism response effort. Recent awards include the TED Prize, Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, “International Public Health Hero,” and four honorary doctorates. He has lectured at Oxford, Harvard, Berkeley and many other colleges, spoken at the Royal Society, the Pentagon, NIH, the United Nations, and some of the largest companies and nonprofits all over the world. He has written for Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and other magazines and peer reviewed journals and was part of the Global Business Network where he learned scenario planning. Dr. Brilliant is the author of “Sometimes Brilliant,” a memoir about working to eradicate smallpox, and a guide to managing vaccination programs entitled “The Management of Smallpox Eradication.” 

WATCH:  Larry Brilliant at The Forum, March 2019 

About the Host   

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.  

About  The  Forum  

The Forum  is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.  More about Grace Forum Online