University to host public forum on Ebola

Students with concerns about the spread of Ebola can attend a public forum on Oct. 30 to learn more about the outbreak. TRU professor Michael Mehta will speak about complexities associated with a public health scare, and answer questions that people may have.

“We now live in a world where risk has become a dominant framework for understanding issues from

Scanning electron micrograph of Ebola virus (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/ Flickr)

Scanning electron micrograph of Ebola virus. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/ Flickr)

the local to the global,” Mehta said. “Many people are challenged with navigating their way through this risk society, and a key goal of the public forum on Ebola is to help us contextualize risk more fully and to understand the nuances associated with living in a world where technology, globalization, and the products and processes of modernity create risks unlike what we’ve ever faced before.

“In many ways Ebola is a test run to see how well our societies can manage and demonstrate resilience in the face of likely larger and more terrifying future risks.”

The forum will take place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30 in the Arts and Education building, room 162.