Journalist to discuss malaria's continuing global toll

Sonia Shah, investigative journalist and award-winning author will make the keynote presentation for SUNY Oswego’s fifth annual Hart Hall Global Awareness Conference at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in Room 101 of Lanigan Hall.

Sonia ShahShah, author of several books about science, human rights and international politics, including “Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire,” will speak on “The Fever: Fighting Global Poverty by Ending Malaria”

Shah’s 2010 book “Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years,” wondered how a parasitic disease that humanity has known how to prevent for more than a century can still infect half a billion people a year, killing nearly a million. She visited Panama, Malawi, Cameroon, India and elsewhere to track the devastating history and toll of the disease.

The Hart Global Learning and Living Center’s day-and-a-half-long celebration of diversity, culture and education Nov. 4 and 5 will feature more than 50 presentations, ranging from cultural practices to belly dancing, said Rebecca Burch, associate professor of psychology at SUNY Oswego and organizer of the conference.

The conference began in 2008, after Don Michaels, the late international studies director for the center, bequeathed a sum of money to the first program for international activities. The conference was first held in April that year as a way of honoring Michaels’ memory as well as showcasing the traditions and cultures of the international students living in Hart Hall.

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(Posted: Oct 28, 2011)

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