Photos: Petrie-Flom Welcomes HLS Community at Annual Open House

At this reception, faculty, colleagues, and students with shared interests in health law policy, biotechnology, and bioethics gathered to learn about what the Petrie-Flom Center does and how to get involved.

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen and Executive Director Carmel Shachar reviewed our sponsored research portfolio, introduced our staff and fellows, and described various opportunities for students and others. We also discussed our work with partners around Harvard University, including the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School. And of course we ate, drank, and made merry!

This event was free and open to the public.

Teaching Critical Thinking as a Public Health Initiative

Professor Tim Caulfield

Professor Tim Caulfield lectured at Harvard Law School.

By Mark Satta

Tim Caulfield—a Law Professor at the University of Alberta and the author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?—wants to help us get better at fighting misinformation about health.

This past Monday, Caulfield came to the Petrie-Flom Center’s Health Policy Workshop and spoke to an audience of Harvard Law students, affiliates from throughout Harvard University, and academics and community members from the Boston area.

During his fascinating and dynamic presentation, Caulfield covered a lot of ground. He discussed political polarization on Twitter, the profit-maximizing machinations (or self-delusion) of celebrities pedaling bunk health products, and evidence that false claims spread faster than true ones. All that may leave one feeling pessimistic and Caulfield would likely sympathize with your pessimism. Yet, the presentation also contained reasons to have hope.

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