MISSOULA – Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, will be the headline speaker at the 2021 Mansfield Lecture in Montana in February.
The event will take place Feb. 17 on Zoom, where Fauci will discuss the state of the pandemic, address vaccine challenges and talk about what lessons the pandemic has taught for the future of epidemiology, among other topics.
“What an incredible opportunity to have the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases speak directly to the people of Montana,” said Deena Mansour, director of the Mansfield Center.
Due to the nature of the ever-changing pandemic, the topics of interest will likely evolve before the event takes place, the Missoulian reported. By mid-February, President-elect Joe Biden will have overseen the pandemic response for almost a month.
Robert Saldin, director of the Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program, will moderate the conversation. The talk will also feature Dr. Marshall Bloom, the associate director for science management at Rocky Mountain Laboratories.
The Mansfield Center said it would accept questions from members of the public and will also take questions live during the lecture.
The event will be scheduled for noon in order to make it more accessible to K-12 schools, tribal colleges and universities, Mansour said.
Registration for the event is free through the Mansfield Center’s website. A link will be sent in January to access the Zoom session.
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