Morrison to talk about lessons of Ebola crisis

University of Wisconsin–Madison alumnus J. Stephen Morrison, a well-known expert in global health and foreign policy, will speak on “The Hard Lessons of Ebola in West Africa,” on Friday, September 19, from noon to 1 p.m., Room 260, Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Drive, on the UW–Madison campus.

J Stephen Morrison
J Stephen Morrison

The brown-bag event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UW–Madison Division of International Studies and African Studies Program and co-sponsored by the Global Health Institute.

Morrison currently serves as a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a public policy research institution, and directs the CSIS Center for Global Health Policy. He previously directed the CSIS Africa Program (2000-08).

He served in the Clinton Administration (1993-2000) as a member of the Secretary of State’s policy planning staff and co-founded the Office of Transition Initiatives at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Prior to that, he served at the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia (1992-93) and as a senior staff member on the House Foreign Affairs Africa Subcommittee (1987-91).

Morrison, who also taught for 12 years at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, graduated magna cum laude from Yale College and received his Ph.D. in political science from UW–Madison in 1987.

He has directed several high-level commissions, and has written widely and served as a frequent commentator on U.S. foreign policy, global health, Africa, and foreign assistance.