Allbritton Center to Present Three Panels on “Drugs, Harm and the Campus”

Lauren RubensteinApril 6, 20152min

This month, the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life is presenting three linked panels in its Right Now! series titled “Drugs, Harm and the Campus.”

Drug Use @ Wes

At 4:30 on April 7, Michael Whaley, vice president for student affairs, will moderate a panel discussion, “What are we doing about drugs at Wes and why?” Tanya Purdy, director of health education at WesWELL; Beth DeRicco, higher education outreach at Caron Treatment Centers; and Ashley Fine ’15 will discuss education, support and policies at Wesleyan. The event will be held in PAC 002.

The Physiology of Drugs

At 8 p.m. on April 15, a program titled, “What is actually happening inside your body?” will be held in Memorial Chapel. Mike Robinson, assistant professor of psychology, assistant professor of neuroscience and behavior; Stefanie Jones of the Drug Policy Alliance; and Mark Neavyn, director of medical toxicology in Hartford Hospital’s Department of Emergency Medicine, will speak. The discussion will be moderated by Ishita Mukerji, dean of the natural sciences and mathematics and director of technology initiatives, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry.

Drug Policy, Regional and National

At 8 p.m. on April 28, Rob Rosenthal, director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, will moderate a panel discussion, “The Policy Debate: What is to be Done?” Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance; Susan O’Connor, program director of Phoenix House; and Mike Lawlor, under secretary for criminal justice policy and planning in the State Office of Policy and Management will speak in Kerr Lecture Hall (Shanklin 107).