We Are One U: Palm Beach

Join the UM Alumni Association, alumni, parents and friends to welcome our sixth president Julio Frenk. Hear about the groundbreaking ideas shaping UM’s next century, get inspired by a short, lively ’Cane Talk by a UM faculty member, and learn more about the many ways the U impacts our world.

frenkeventboxMeet President Julio Frenk

Dr. Julio Frenk is the sixth president of the University of Miami. A fourth-generation physician whose paternal grandparents fled Germany in the 1930s for a new life in Mexico, Frenk’s gratitude for the kindness of strangers has inspired his career. He was previously dean of the faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development. As minister of health of Mexico, he expanded access to health care for more than 55 million uninsured people. Frenk was the founding director-general of the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico and held top positions at the Mexican Health Foundation, World Health Organization, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Carso Health Institute. He holds an M.D., a Master of Public Health, and joint Ph.D.s in medical care organization and sociology. He has authored more than 30 books and monographs, and was a recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award. Frenk is married to Dr. Felicia Knaul, a social-sector economist, and is the proud father of four children.

 
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'Cane Talk: Opinion, Information, and Democracy: What We Believe and How It Will Shape Our Future

 A healthy democracy requires citizens to make choices based on accurate information. But with the rise of social media, people across the political spectrum have retreated inside polarized echo chambers. Many others are unsure whether the news they see is even true. How can we make informed political choices in a new era of fake news and conspiracies? What can we do to ensure that facts guide the choices we make for our future? Join University of Miami Political Scientist Joseph Uscinski to learn what this recent campaign season reveals about how we make political choices.

Uscinski is associate professor of political science at the University of Miami and author of the recent Oxford bestselling book American Conspiracy Theories. Professor Uscinski’s research on contemporary politics, the media, and conspiracies has appeared in dozens of scholarly journals, and he is frequently called upon to provide perspectives in the national media, including Newsweek, The Washington Post, and Politico. He is presently working on two new books and collaborating with a team of scholars from throughout Europe.

 

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