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URI Honors Colloquium to feature panel of URI medical alumni discussing health careers, Oct. 16

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I.- October 9, 2012 - Keith P. Lewis, professor and chairman at Boston Medical Centerís Department of Anesthesiology, Marie Ghazal, CEO of the Rhode Island Free Clinic, and family physician Joline Macfarlan are the next speakers in the University of Rhode Islandís Honors Colloquium, which examines the politics and money influencing health care around the world.

All of the lectures in the semester-long series, called ďHealth Care Change? Health, Politics and Money,Ē begin at 7:30 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium on the URI Kingston campus. They are free and open to the public.

In the panel discussion, the speakers will discuss their career paths and the issues that they and others face in pursuing their health care career goals. The panel will be moderated by Rhode Island Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts.

Other speakers in the colloquium series are Roberta Friedman, director of public policy at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University (Oct. 23); Jonathan Gruber, director of the health care program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (Oct. 30); Stephanie Chafee, co-founder of the Rhode Island Free Clinic (Nov. 13); Michael Fine, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (Nov. 27); and Unni Karanukara, international president of Doctors Without Borders (Dec. 10).

Other colloquium events include the URI Theatre presentation of the play Marvinís Room, a dark comedy that deals with family care and end of life issues, on Oct. 11-14 and 18-21, and the medical musical comedy, Damaged Care, on Dec. 4.

This and all remaining lectures will be streamed live at, where the complete schedule of events is also listed. For additional information about the URI Honors Colloquium, contact Deborah Gardiner at or 401-874-2381.

Those unable to attend the lecture can watch it live online URI Live!

The major sponsor of the Honors Colloquium is the URI Honors Program, with sustaining sponsors including the URI Office of the President, Office of the Provost, the Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment, and the Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment. Leadership sponsors include the College of the Environment and Life Sciences, the college of Pharmacy, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Multicultural Center, and the Department of Communications and Marketing. Also sponsoring the Honors Colloquium are Cox Communications, the College of Business Administration, Department of Publications and Creative Services, College of Engineering, College of Nursing, College of Human Science and Services, Division of Administration and Finance, Division of Student Life, and Department of Communication Studies of the Harrington School of Communication & Media.

This press release was written by Victoria Antonelli, an intern in URI's Department of Communication and Marketing and a journalism major.