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UC Irvine Announces New Public Health Seminar Covering the 10th Anniversary of the War in Afghanistan

Available on the University’s OpenCourseWare Web site, Seminar Addresses the Domestic Impact of War on Public Health

IRVINE, Calif. – October 18, 2011 – The University of California, Irvine is pleased to announce the availability of a new public health seminar surrounding the 10th anniversary on the war in Afghanistan. The seminar video can be seen on the UC Irvine OpenCourseWare (OCW) site. Seminar content will address the human consequences of our nation’s foreign policy on public health and features a presentation on war and public health by Pauline Lubens, MPH, a lecturer in UC Irvine’s Public Health program.

“We are pleased to offer this timely and very important topic via our OCW Web site as a way to generate open dialogue on a matter that affects people near and far,” said Larry Cooperman, director of UC Irvine’s OpenCourseWare project. “As we mark the 10th anniversary on the war, the longest sustained period of war in our nation’s history, Lubens offers deep insight and fresh perspective into the affects the war has upon our nation and its public health.”

In the seminar, Lubens addresses how this war has affected the citizens of this nation, and the many ramifications that veterans face upon returning home from war. This may include physical disability, mental health issues, substance abuse, suicide, community violence and other crimes that may affect families and their communities.

Along with her contributions as a lecturer in UCI’s Public Health program, Lubens is also an award-winning photojournalist who was selected on two occasions as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is a renowned leader in using multiple mediums to tell deeply personal stories, offering in-depth views of health and policy issues.

To learn more about UC Irvine’s OpenCourseWare project and the public health seminar, visit: http://ocw.uci.edu.

About UC Irvine’s OpenCourseWare Initiative

The University of California, Irvine was the first University of California campus–and West Coast University–to join the OCW Consortium. UC Irvine's membership in the OCW Consortium is consistent with its public- and land-grant missions and its desire to play a significant role in contributing to the social welfare of the state, the nation and the world. Open educational resources (OER) showcase the University's high quality education and makes courses and course materials free for everyone in the world. UC Irvine's OCW is a large-scale, Web-based resource that houses educational assets that are discoverable, searchable, modifiable, and, best of all, free and easily available. Through the OCW movement, UC Irvine provides University-quality courses and learning assets to populations of self-learners that are underserved and in many cases, unable to participate in formal education at a university. This site also offers access to UC Irvine’s online continuing education offerings. For more information about UC Irvine's OCW initiative, visit http://open.uci.edu/, e-mail open@uci.edu or follow us at Twitter.com/UCI_OCW and Facebook (UC Irvine OpenCourseWare).

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit uci.edu.