Renowned investigative journalist to give lecture on campus


By Caroline Williams


Investigative journalist Sonia Shah will give a public lecture today in the Stetson Room on her award-winning book, “The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World’s Poorest Patients.”

According to Stetson Today, her lecture will focus primarily on “an important and rapidly developing field: the multi-national pharmaceutical industry’s ethically problematic research in developing countries.”

Dr. Elisabeth Poeter, the chair of the Gender Studies Program, said that students should consider attending Shah’s lecture because “they can learn a lot about a new global trend that raises urgent questions about human rights. Sonia Shah’s discussion on the history of human experimentation points to the fact that the potential for abuse will fall heaviest on the poorest and most powerless citizens of this world.”

Shah’s articles on global health, science and human rights have been published in various worldwide newspapers, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Le Monde Diplomatique. She has appeared on television on A&E, BBC and ABC.

Shah has been featured in well- known political talk shows, such as NPR, BBC and Australia’s Radio National. She has lectured at prestigious universities such as Georgetown, MIT and Harvard.

Shah earned her B.A. in journalism, philosophy and neuroscience at Oberlin College.

When asked about who would benefit most from hearing Shah’s words, Dr. Poeter said that, “The lecture should be of great interest to students from many different disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Business Administration.”

This event is sponsored by Stetson’s Gender Studies Program, the Artists and Lecturers series, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Business Administration. Sonia Shah’s lecture is also a cultural credit opportunity for students.