Bicknell Lecture

Bicknell endowed this annual lectureship to provide “a periodic but regular infusion of iconoclasts and original thinkers who will bring ideas to students and faculty that stretch, upset, stimulate, and leave us with renewed energy and commitment to make a real difference in the lives of the poor and the underserved.”

Past Bicknell Lectures

webpage-banner_150x150Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | 10 a.m.–noon | Hiebert Lounge

E-Cigarettes: Good Idea? Bad Idea?
Linda Bauld, University of Stirling; Ronald Bayer, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; and Andrea C. Villanti, Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies

webpage-banner_150x150Wednesday, October 21, 2015 | 10 a.m.–noon | Hiebert Lounge

Should the Mission of Public Health Be the Eradication of Poverty?
Sheldon H. Danziger, Russell Sage Foundation; Charles E. Carter, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University; Molly Baldwin, Roca Inc.; Perri Klass, New York University

webpage-banner_150x150Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 10 a.m.–noon | Bakst Auditorium

Should Alcohol Consumption Be Encouraged as Part of a Healthy Lifestyle?
Martha M. Werler, Boston University School of Public Health; R. Curtis Ellison, Institute on Lifestyle & Health Boston University School of Medicine Scientific, International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research; Lionel Tiger, Rutgers University; Richard Saitz, Boston University School of Medicine; and Timothy Naimi, Public Health BU Schools of Medicine &amp School of Public Health

Thursday, October 24 2013 | 10 a.m.–noon | Bakst Auditorium

Is Focusing on Weight Hazardous to the Public’s Health?
Paul Campos, University of Colorado Law School; Frank Hu, Harvard School of Public Health; Abigail Saguy, UCLA

bicknell_segway_2William J. Bicknell, an outspoken, inspirational international health practitioner and advocate, was founder and chair emeritus of the Department of Global Health at the School of Public Health, and he helped develop the department into a globally recognized leader. He held a dual appointment at the School of Medicine as a professor and director of the international health programs in the Department of Family Medicine. During a varied career that spanned five decades and merged disciplines of practice and policy, Bicknell held posts as the first medical director of the Job Corps, Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health, acting director of the Neighborhood Health Center Program for the US Office of Economic Opportunity, and medical director of health and retirement funds for the United Mine Workers of America. Bicknell endowed this annual lectureship to provide “a periodic but regular infusion of iconoclasts and original thinkers who will bring ideas to students and faculty that stretch, upset, stimulate, and leave us with renewed energy and commitment to make a real difference in the lives of the poor and the underserved.” He died of cancer in June 2012 at age 75, shortly after delivering a truly memorable “last lecture” to the SPH community.