APHA Annual Meeting and Expo Opening General Session: “Science of Violent Behavior”

Date: Oct 24 2020

Contact: Media Relations 

The Opening General Session kicks off APHA’s 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo with an exciting virtual presentation 12 p.m. –1:30 p.m. Mountain Time on Oct. 25. It will feature award-winning journalist Shankar Vedantam and acclaimed lawyer Bryan Stevenson. After a welcome address from APHA’s president, Lisa Carlson, MPH, MCHES, speakers will discuss the science of violent behavior, launching this year’s convention, with the theme of “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence.”

  • Shankar Vedantam is the host of the podcast and radio show "Hidden Brain,” a top 10 U.S. podcast that delves into the science behind unconscious biases. Vedantam, a 2009-2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, is a social science correspondent with National Public Radio.
  • Bryan Stevenson, JD, is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama. Stevenson has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. He has argued and won multiple cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and is the author of the New York Times bestseller "Just Mercy", which was recently adapted into a major motion picture.

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The APHA Annual Meeting and Expo is the largest and most influential yearly gathering of public health professionals. Themed “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence," this year’s virtual meeting will be held Oct. 24-28. Register or learn more about APHA’s 2020 Annual Meeting. Working members of the news media may register by contacting mediarelations@apha.org.


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