Filmmaker to speak at ETSU
Published: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 20, 2013 23:10
This Thursday, the annual “An Evening of Health, Wellness and the Arts” will take place with filmmaker John Hoffman.
He will discuss the making of films that addressed the complexities and issues surrounding four separate, major U.S. health issues.
Hoffman’s talk will cover AIDS, addiction, Alzheimer’s disease and obesity.
He will speak in the Culp Auditorium at 7 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.
“The passion that John has for improving our overall health really shows in his films,” said Randy Wykoff, dean of the ETSU College of Public Health. “Because he has reached audiences in a way that is approachable, watchable, informative and thought-provoking, John has been one of the most important voices in public health for over 20 years.”
Hoffman’s experience in public health campaigns dates to 1985, when he created the first nationally broadcast HIV prevention program: “AIDS: Changing the Rules.”
“John was at the forefront of early efforts to inform the public about HIV prevention and he has been central to some of the leading public health campaigns of the past decades,” Wykoff said.
Hoffman is also the founder and CEO of The Public Good Projects, a non-profit partnership dedicated to utilizing media to help the public better understand complex health issues.
Hoffman’s three best-known HBO films can also be viewed on HBO’s website.
The event on Thursday will be streamed live at http://elearning.etsu.edu/publichealthlive.htm.