The University of Wisconsin-Superior has just received a large grant to fund a 4 session speaker series at the college. The grant, totaling $35,000, was donated by The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership. The series is titled "Bridging Civic & Public Health During a Pandemic."

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The series will feature 4 speakers that will have presentations regarding how leadership and citizens interact during public health emergencies. There will be topics covering historical lessons that we have learned from previous pandemics, along with current issues and opportunities we are facing with COVID-19. The goal of the speaking series is to answer the question, "How can we emerge from a public health emergency civically stronger, together?"

The first of these sessions will take place via Zoom meeting with Dr. John M. Barry, who wrote the New York Times best selling book "The Great Influenza: The Story Of The Deadliest Pandemic In History." His presentation is titled, "What We Can Learn From  History: The 1918 Flu Pandemic."

Jenice Meyer, the community engagement and strategic partnerships senior officer, expressed UWS' gratitude for the grant:

“We are so grateful to the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership for the grant to host this timely, dynamic speaker series that will provide our region with thought-provoking, inspiring stories of how to become and emerge stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can register for the event online at the University of Wisconsin-Superior's website. They will provide further information on future sessions online as well.