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Global health is subject of talk by Frist, Dec. 3

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, currently a visiting lecturer at Princeton, will present a lecture on "Global Health as a Currency for Peace" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Frist, a 1974 Princeton graduate, is the Frederick H. Schultz Class of 1951 Visiting Professor of International Economic Policy in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Since leaving the Senate, he has been involved in numerous global health and development initiatives. He recently was appointed by President Bush to serve as a director of the Millennium Challenge Corp., a U.S. government enterprise designed to work with some of the poorest countries in the world.

Frist was elected to the U.S. Senate as a Republican in 1994, becoming the first practicing physician to serve in that body since 1928. He was elected majority leader in 2002 and stepped down in January 2007, having pledged to serve only two terms in the Senate.

Frist currently is affiliated with several nonprofit organizations, including Africare, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Committee on Conscience, the Clinton Global Initiative's Global Health Working Group, the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign's Advisory Council and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project. He also is chair of Save the Children's global "Survive to 5" campaign, which seeks to provide basic health interventions that can save more than 6 million children around the world each year. In 2003, Frist received Princeton's Woodrow Wilson Award, the highest honor bestowed upon an undergraduate alumnus or alumna.

The lecture is sponsored by the Wilson School, the Princeton AIDS Initiative, the Center for Health and Wellbeing and the Student Global AIDS Campaign.

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