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Presidential Distinguished Forums on Grand Challenges to Debut

By Maryland Today Staff

All University of Maryland students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a unique series of virtual Presidential Distinguished Forums featuring renowned experts working at the forefront of today's most pressing issues.

The forums are part of university President Darryll J. Pines’ new course, “Grand Challenges of Our Time,” taking on the topics of COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, voter access and the Black Lives Matter movement. They present unprecedented challenges, but also opportunities to explore new and better paths forward.

The first one, at 4 p.m. Sept. 30, will have Pines joned by Mona Hanna-Attisha, the physician, scientist and public health activist who shined a national spotlight on the Flint, Michigan, water crisis.

Her appearance is co-sponsored by the Gemstone Honors Program, Honors Humanities, University Honors, Do Good Institute, University Libraries and Leadership & Community Service-Learning Voices of Social Change.

Advance registration and a UMD email are required. This invitation is nontransferable.

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