Shifting Landscapes November 15

Focus on Epidemiology Nov 15 for Library, Abondia Shifting Landscapes Series

        Mason County District Library and Abondia Center turn to epidemiology in the public lecture series Shifting Landscapes on Monday November 15, with “Epidemiology: Why Does the Course of Disease Matter?” at 7-8:30 pm at the Ludington Center for Arts, and on Zoom, featuring Kenneth Dudley, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and Jordan Powell, MPH, epidemiologist, District Health Dept #10.

        This 2021-2022 series is exploring six areas of our lives that have been reshaped during the Covid-19 epidemic and the many events that have occurred in the past 20 months. Science is the second topic in the Shifting Landscapes series.

        Kenneth Dudley, formerly a Family Physician, now teaches epidemiology to first-year medical students. He will address the questions, “What is epidemiology?” and “Why is it important?” Because it is important to get human science correct, more money has been put into epidemiology than any other field of science. He will discuss how the result-surprising insights into how we know can be applied to every other branch of knowledge.

        Jordan Powell will explore why there’s an epidemiologist at District Health Dept#10. She’ll outline what is helpful for the public to know as they obtain information from both news sources and social media as well as on DHD#10’s website. Especially important is an understanding of the paths and patterns of diseases, including infectious diseases like Covid-19 and chronic diseases like diabetes and cancer.

        In asking questions about the nature of science, vaccines, and the epidemiological course of the pandemic, Shifting Landscapes’ series seeks to address questions on people’s minds. It also it hopes the information helps them get more from news sources as well as their health professionals and others about science that matters to them.

        There will be no sessions in December but the Shifting Landscapes series will start again January 10 focusing on education, including the 1619 Project (January 10), Critical Race Theory (January 17), and Teaching Difficult Truths to Children and Youth (January 24). Additional topics include Race/Racism (February 7, 14, 21), Truth in Politics (March 7, 14, 21), and Economics (April 4, 11, 18).

        Events are free, live or by Zoom. Tickets are not necessary but registration is helpful. To register: For information check the Mason County District Library website post or contact Thomas Trahey, Mason County District Library at or Brooke Portmann, director of Abondia Center, at

        This project has been funded by grants from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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