Sidore Lecture on Vaccinations Rescheduled for March 27

Sidore Lecture on Vaccinations Rescheduled for March 27

Thursday, February 20, 2014

UNH 2013-2014 Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture “The Crime of Refusing Vaccination: Balancing Police Power and Personal Liberty During the Last Great American Smallpox Epidemic” has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 27. The original lecture scheduled on Feb. 13 was canceled due to curtailed operations. The lecture is part of the series Health and Freedom in the Balance:  Exploring the Tensions among Public Health, Individual Liberty, and Governmental Authority.” 

The lecture by Michael Willrich of Brandeis University begins at 4:15 p.m. in Richards Auditorium (Murkland).

“Quarantines, vaccinations, and municipal hygiene are respected tools in the public health arsenal. Invasions of bodily integrity, privacy, and freedom of movement are resultant consequences to these protective efforts,” according to Sidore series organizers Marion Girard Dorsey, associate professor of history, and Rosemary Caron, associate professor of health management and policy. 

“The clash of the needs of public health and the boundaries of personal freedom has occurred throughout history and will continue to occur based on the public health threats anticipated in the 21st century. The intersections between the past and present and the authoritative issues raised by these events warrant further exploration,” Dorsey and Caron said.