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Whither the Global COVID-19 Agenda?

  • Thursday, April 27, 2023
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • The Madison Club, 5 E Wilson St


  • For Individual MCFR members. Registration fee includes dinner and two pours of wine.
  • For members of the UW International Division. Registration fee includes dinner and two pours of wine.
  • For members of the public. Registration fee includes dinner and two pours of wine.

Last day to Register: tues, APRIL 18, 2023

Three years on, the COVID-19 agenda struggles mightily to preserve its space in people’s attention. The virus itself has changed, the world’s immunity and tools have changed, the politics have changed, and high-level attention and financing have dropped precipitously, even as the virus continues to bedevil us. Sustaining attention is even more difficult with the hangover effects of the pandemic, China’s isolation, and the war in Ukraine. These and other factors are creating pandemonium geopolitically: as the world edges closer to a global recession, energy prices soar, interest rate increases bring acute economic distress, and rising food insecurity stokes malnutrition. These adversities notwithstanding, the transatlantic alliance is holding together hope for global health security, in ever sharper opposition to the China-Russia bloc that is forming.

Dr. J. Stephen Morrison is senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and director of its Global Health Policy Center.He writes widely, has directed several high-level commissions, and is a frequent commentator on US foreign policy, global health, Africa, and foreign assistance. He served in the Clinton administration, as committee staff in the House of Representatives, and taught for 12 years at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin and is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale College.

This in-person event will be held at the Madison Club. 

Please note: 

  • The Madison Club conforms to all current public health measures.
  • The registration fee includes a sit-down dinner with one pour of wine. The dinner is chef's choice. Please note any food allergies or dietary restrictions when you register.

Be sure to register on time!

Registrations and payments will not be accepted after Tuesday, April 18, 2023.   

  • Registration for in person events closes the week prior to the date of the event to provide the meal count to the Madison Club.
  • Payment must be received before the registration deadline. Neither registrations nor payments will be accepted after the registration deadline.
  • All registrations and payments for events must be made online with a credit card. We will not be able to accept checks as payment for event registrations.
  • Registrations are confirmed only if payment is received before the registration deadline.
  • Only members and guests with confirmed registrations will be admitted to a program.

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  • Each guest may attend one program per season.

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PO Box 803
Madison, WI 53701

We would like to give special thanks to our Institutional Member, the UW International Division.

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