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The History of Pandemics and Impact on Society – A Series

How have pandemics impacted our society? How do we understand pandemics and study them?

The emergence of COVID-19 brings the world to its latest historic moment at the hands of an invisible enemy. In this revealing series, Marquette faculty explore the intersection of humans and disease and how that dynamic has transformed the way people live, work and coexist. By examining historic pandemics and what has been learned over hundreds of years about the link between disease and the human experience, faculty throughout the series will offer new perspectives that prompt us all to reflect on the current circumstances – the 2020 pandemic that has fundamentally changed human existence throughout the world.

SESSION 2: RECORDED ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2020
Global Bioethics & the Pandemic in Dialogue

Presented by Dr. Alexandre Martins, Assistant Professor, Theology Department & College of Nursing, Marquette University

Our second webinar of the series will focus on the main bioethical challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic, considering the ambiguous impact of Christian traditions to enlarge and address these challenges. As a case study, you will be introduced to the situation of indigenous in the Amazon region and the impact of COVID-19 in their community in the midst of an increasing presence of Christian missionaries.

Alexandre A. Martins is an assistant professor in a joint position at the Theology Department and the College of Nursing at Marquette. He is a theologian and bioethicist from Brazil. He received a Ph.D. in theological ethics/bioethics from Marquette University where he studied bioethics and global public health from a liberation approach. Then he received a Post-Doctorate Degree (habilitation) in Democracy and Human Rights from the Human Rights Center at Law School of University of Coimbra, Portugal. He is specialized in health care ethics and social ethics, especially in the areas of public health, global health, community based-approached and Catholic social teaching. Widely published, he has lectured in various countries. His last book in English was The Cry of the Poor: Liberation Ethics and Justice in Health Care (Lanham, MD.: Lexington Books, 2020) and a new book related to the COVID-19 pandemic is coming this October in Brazil: Covid-19, Política e Fé: Bioética em diálogo na realidade enlouquecida (São Paulo: O Gênio Criador, 2020).

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