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U.N. Lecture Explores Global Health Jan. 29 At Wilkes University

Wilkes University’s United Nations Lecture Series will explore “Why Global Health Matters” when Dr. Padmini Murthy visits campus on Thursday, Jan. 29. Murthy is the communications/correspondence secretary for the United Nations’ Executive Committee of the Non-Governmental Organization Commission on the Status of Women Committee of New York.

Murthy’s lecture will take place at 4 p.m. in room 214 of the Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference Center. It is free and open to the public. 

The United Nations Lecture Series is a collaboration between Wilkes and the Humpty Dumpty Institute’s Higher Education Alliance for the United Nations. It brings U.N. officials to campus throughout the year for lectures and informal meetings with students.

In addition to her role in the United Nation’s NGO CSW Committee, Murthy is an associate professor in the departments of health policy and management and family and community medicine at the New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice. She has practiced medicine and public health for the past 25 years in various countries. Murthy also is the author and editor of the textbook Women’s Global Health and Human Rights.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sojourner Truth Pin, the National Council of Women USA Distinguished Leadership Award and the Dean’s Certificate in Academic Excellence at New York University. She was named Woman of the Year for 2012-2013 by The National Association of Professional Women USA, and, in 2013, became the first American physician to receive the Jhirad Oration Award, which is given once every three years to an outstanding female physician.

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