Dr. Holly Atkinson coming to New Paltz as fall ’16 Distinguished Speaker, Nov. 3

holly-atkinson-postcard3-print-crops-pdf_page_1_image_0001The SUNY New Paltz Distinguished Speaker Series will welcome Dr. Holly Atkinson to campus on Thursday, Nov. 3, to give an address on “Health and Human Rights” at 7:30 p.m. in Lecture Center 100.

Atkinson will draw on her extensive background as a health and wellness advocate to examine the question of human rights. As a former president of the non-profit group Physicians for Human Rights, she understands first-hand the devastating effects of human rights violations on the well-being of individuals and communities.

She argues that by protecting and promoting human rights, both at home and abroad, we also protect and promote our own health, the health of our children and that of our planet.

Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended. For further information and to purchase tickets please visit http://www.newpaltz.edu/speakerseries/ or call (845) 257-3880.

Tickets may also be purchased at the Parker Theatre Box Office. The Box Office is open Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Oct. 31- Nov. 3. Tickets will also be available in the Lecture Center 100 South Lobby the evening of the event.

About Dr. Holly Atkinson

Atkinson is senior on-air medical correspondent and chief medical editor at HealthiNation, assistant professor of medicine and co-director of the Advancing Idealism in Medicine Program at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and adjunct professor of public health at Weill Medical College, Cornell University.

She holds degrees in both medicine and journalism and has built a career of more than 20 years combining her medical expertise, media savvy and business acumen. She is a nationally-renowned media personality on all things health, having published frequently in print and we and appeared as a medical correspondent on programs including NBC’s Today, CBS Morning News and PBS’s Bodywatch.

About the Distinguished Speaker Series

Launched in 2008, the Distinguished Speaker Series hosts speakers twice annually in order to connect SUNY New Paltz alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members with highly accomplished alumni, authors, policy makers, leaders, scientists, media experts, business people and other luminaries.

The fall 2016 Distinguished Speaker is supported by the generosity of the following major sponsors: Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa, Campus Auxiliary Services, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, The Dorsky Family & The Dorsky Foundation, Health Quest, Liberty Mutual Insurance, M&T Bank, Northwestern Mutual, Sodexo, the SUNY New Paltz Foundation and Ulster Savings Bank.