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Presidential Distinguished Forum: Mona Hanna-Attisha (exposed the Flint, Mich. water crisis)
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
4:00 p.m.
Online presentation--registration required
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Presidential Distinguished Forum
Grand Challenges of our Time

Mona Hanna-Attisha


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is the physician, scientist and public health activist who shined a national spotlight on the Flint, Michigan water crisis through her research revealing children had been exposed to dangerous levels of lead. The director of an initiative to mitigate the impact of this crisis, Hanna-Attisha also authored “What the Eyes Don’t See” and shares her inspiring personal story about speaking truth to power.

Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s appearance is co-sponsored by the Gemstone Honors Program, Honors Humanities, University Honors, Do Good Institute, University Libraries and Leadership & Community Service-Learning Voices of Social Change.

About the series
University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines invites Terps to attend a unique series of virtual Presidential Distinguished Forums featuring renowned experts working at the forefront of today’s most pressing issues. From the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change to voter access and the social unrest that has led to the Black Lives Matter movement, current national and world events present unprecedented challenges, but also provide a meaningful chance to investigate today’s issues together and explore new and better paths forward. 

Featured speakers include the scientist whose research exposed the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, a Fulbright scholar who revolutionized the way we communicate data, and a Terp alum who followed a remarkable path from prison inmate to critically acclaimed author.

Each speaker delivers a powerful story that illuminates current events through the lens of history, our shared humanity and the implications of each for the future ahead.

Collectively, these discussions are part of the “Grand Challenges of Our Time” course for first-year students that President Pines is teaching this fall. On select dates, the entire campus community is invited to hear from these renowned speakers.


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