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Investigative journalist Sonia Shah to speak at Saward Lecture

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Journalist Sonia Shah will be the guest speaker at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Researchs annual Saward Lecture, taking place Sept. 21 at the Newmark Theatre in Portland. The lecture is free, but tickets are required.

Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research will host its annual Seward Lecture on Sept. 21 at Newmark Theatre in Portland.

Keynote speaker Sonia Shah will speak at 7:30 p.m. on “Ebola, Cholera, Avian Flu, What’s Next?” Shah is an investigative journalist and author of prize-winning books on science, human rights, and international politics. Her most recent book, “Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond” was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice.

Shah’s TED talk on malaria has been viewed by more than a million people around the world, and she has lectured at universities and colleges across the country.

Born in 1969 in New York City to Indian immigrants, Shah grew up shuttled between the northeastern United States, where her parents practiced medicine, and Mumbai and Bangalore, India, where her extended working-class family lived. Her experiences gave rise to a life-long interest in inequality between and within societies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, philosophy and neuroscience from Oberlin College.

Every year, the Center for Health Research hosts the Saward Lecture as a free benefit to the community. Named for Dr. Ernie Saward, the lecture features individuals of national or international stature presenting their visions of the social mission of medicine. The series focuses on the intersection of health research, health care delivery and social policy.

Tickets to the Saward Lecture are free, but required. Because requests can exceed the theater’s capacity, attendees are encouraged to order only the number of tickets they will need, and return them if plans change. Request tickets online at kpchr.org/saward or call 503-335-2466. Tickets will be mailed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Newmark Theatre is located at 1111 S.W. Broadway, inside the Portland’5 Center for the Arts.

— The Review, Tidings