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TB Notes 3, 2004

Tuberculosis and Civic Learning

On January 21, 2004, faculty, deans, provosts, and other academic officers representing colleges and universities from across the nation learned about TB at a one-day symposium, “Journey Towards Democracy: Power, Voice, and the Public Good,” that preceded the 2004 annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges & Universities. In a panel discussion titled “Using the Interpretive Lens of the Disciplines for Civic Learning,” Dr. Richard Fluck, speaking for the disciplines of science, told the audience about TB and described his multidisciplinary courses about TB.

Fluck told the audience that his courses connect science and civic engagement by teaching through a complex public issue —the global TB epidemic— to basic science. He concluded his remarks by saying, “My students and I have learned that we must have the tools science has given us if we hope to tackle TB.  We’ve learned too that we could do a better job if science gave us better tools: new diagnostic  tools, more effective drugs, and an effective vaccine. But we’ve learned more than that. We’ve learned that it’s not enough just to have an effective treatment for TB; the treatment actually has to reach sick people.” Thus, tackling TB is not only about science but is also about advocacy, political will, and public policy.

The full text of Fluck's remarks can be found at:

—Submitted by Richard A. Fluck, PhD
Dept. of Biology
Franklin & Marshall College
Lancaster, Pennsylvania


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