Patz discusses environmental health with Dalai Lama

Nelson Institute — October 17, 2011

For professor Jonathan Patz, who directs the UW-Madison Global Health Institute and holds an appointment in the Nelson Institute, conversations around environmental ethics are an everyday occurrence. It’s not every day, however, that he can discuss these issues with the Dalai Lama.

This week, Patz has the special opportunity to co-chair a five-day conference with Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso titled “Ecology, Ethics and Interdependence.”

The event, hosted at the Tibetan leader’s home in Dharamsala, India, focuses on the interconnection between individual choices and environmental consequences and is part of a conference series sponsored by Gyatso’s Mind and Life Institute. The dialogue will be broadcast live through Oct. 21 and available for streaming and download after the event.

Patz traveled to India with Richard Davidson, Vilas Professor of psychology and psychiatry and founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, who is a member of the Mind and Life Institute’s Board of Directors.

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