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Attend free online lunch and learn ‘Spread the Word, Not the Virus: Communication in the time of COVID-19’


The World Affairs Council Upstate, a program of Upstate International, is hosting An America & the World: Flashpoints Lunch & Learn online, live and interactive on Tuesday, April 7 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. The lunch and learn is free, but registration is required.

There has been so much information about COVID-19, but how do communication strategies make a difference in protecting our community. Dr. Shaniece Criss will discuss the benefits of health crisis communication, and ways you can make a difference. How do we transfer words into actions to keep our community safe?

Join Dr. Criss, and our moderator, Nathan Stock, for a fascinating look at what to say, and not say, in times of crisis.

Dr. Shaniece Criss is an Assistant Professor of Health Science at Furman University and a community-engaged qualitative researcher addressing health equity and health communication.

With a passion to implement effective interventions and policies, she earned her doctorate from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a Master of Public Administration and a Presidential Public Service Fellowship from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Master of Public Health from Emory University, and an undergraduate degree in communication from Oglethorpe University. As a public health practitioner, Dr. Criss joined the Peace Corps and served in Guyana, South America. She also held positions at ICF International, Centers for Disease Control, and CNN.

Nathan Stock is a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute and serves on the World Affairs Council Upstate steering committee. Prior to joining MEI he spent nine years working for the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA, before moving to Jerusalem to run the Center’s Israel-Palestine Field Office.

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Prior to joining the Carter Center, Stock worked in Afghanistan, then lived in the Gaza Strip, working with a Palestinian NGO to design and fundraise for conflict resolution programs targeting the Palestinian community. Stock is currently based in South Carolina, where he consults and writes on Israeli-Palestinian affairs.

Please grab your lunch, your computer and join us online.
Register below and hope to “see” you soon!

All lectures include time for questions and connecting with your peers. Click here to register.


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