Great Decisions Topic: The Role of International Organizations in a Global Pandemic

Covid-19 was a game changer for the United States because it had not been impacted in a major way by a global Pandemic since the Spanish Flu in 1918. Until 2020 little was known about the World Health Organization which was formed in 1948 as member state agency of the United Nations. Still, little is known about the role of the WHO and how it functions.  Covid-19 brought to the forefront the WHO serving as a hub of the responding response entities fighting this virus. Mrs. Zimmerman will help clarify how all these entities came together to fight the Covid-19 virus.

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Jane Zimmerman, John and Ruth McGee Director Dean Rusk International Studies Program at Davidson College

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BACKGROUND:

Prior to joining Davidson College in 2019, Mrs. Zimmerman served 25 plus years as a U S Foreign Service Officer with US State Department. Assignments include Cyrus, Israel, and the Gaza Strip, Tunisia, Brazil, and Mali. Her foreign languages include French, Portuguese, and Arabic.  After her Foreign Service career, she served with the American Red Cross and with the American Research Center in Egypt. She is also a volunteer as a certified therapy dog team member.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

-Diplomacy and International Relations

-International Development and Humanitarian Affairs

-International Human Rights

-Protection of Culture Heritage

EDUCATION:

BA Macalester College (International Studies)

Masters in Law and Diplomacy- Tufts University