Public Health Seminar Series

The CPH Seminar series engages the University and Greater Philadelphia community in discussion of critical public health topics with local and national impacts. CPH seminar events are open to the community and we welcome anyone to join the conversation.

Seminar Series 2022-2023

This year, seminars will focus on a variety of current topics that are impacting health at all levels, places, and spaces. We hope to see you there!

Seminar 1: The Future of Public Health

September 24th, 2022

Speaker: Rich Wender, MD

We kicked off the 2022-2023 Penn Center for Public Health Seminar Series with the introduction of the new Executive Director, Richard Wender, MD. In his inaugural lecture, “The Future of Public Health,” Dr. Wender issued a call to action–urging members of the Penn Public Health community to recognize and remediate health inequities. He acknowledged that systemic racism and injustice undermine our community’s health, and that academic-community partnerships are foundational to progress.

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Seminar 2: Protecting Reproductive Rights & Health in a Post-Roe Era

October 10th, 2022

Speaker: Kathryn Kolbert

For the second seminar in this series, “Protecting Reproductive Rights & Health in a Post-Roe Era,” Penn Center for Public Health invited reproductive rights attorney, Kathryn Kolbert. In her long and esteemed career advancing women’s rights, Kolbert has appeared twice before the United States Supreme Court, including arguing the landmark abortion case Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Kolbert addressed the rapidly changing legal landscape of U.S. reproductive freedoms in the wake of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.

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