WASHINGTON — Conversations On the Green will open its ninth season at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2, with “Life Beyond The Pandemic.” The program is available on any internet-connected device and continues the non-profit’s tradition of producing forums in which the public can question nationally recognized speakers on the country’s most pressing issues.

The discussion will be led by Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical officer to President Joe Biden and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. Dr. Fauci has been the face of public health for more than 50 years and has advised every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan. He became a controversial figure during the Trump administration for his views on how to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

The second panel member is Dr. Kavita Patel, a regulatory expert with years of Washington experience. She served as the director of policy for health and financial regulatory reform under President Barack Obama and is an advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center that promotes bipartisan solutions to issues such as health, energy, education and housing. She is a former managing director of the Center for Health Policy at the Brookings Institution.

Dr. Anne Rimoin, the director of the Center for Global and Immigrant Health and an internationally recognized expert on emerging infections, global health, surveillance systems, and vaccination, is the third panel member. She is a professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Infectious Disease Division of the Geffen School of Medicine.

The final panel member is Dr. Michael Thomas Osterholm, a member of President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 Advisory Board and the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. 

He is the author of the New York Times best-selling book, “Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs.” 

Moderated by national talk show host Jane Whitney, this interactive symposium will be live streamed, allowing anyone with an internet-connected device to participate and ask questions. There is a fee, tickets can be reserved at www.conversationsonthegreen.com.

All proceeds from Conversations On the Green events benefit local organizations including the Susan B. Anthony Project, New Milford Hospital, Greenwoods Counseling & Referrals, and the American Nurses Foundation: Coronavirus Response Fund, which provides immediate assistance to those risking their lives during this crisis. 

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