New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute and its Center for the Study of Asian American Health will host “The Indian Ocean Tsunami: The Context, The Response, The Future” on Tues., March 1, 4-7 p.m. at the NYU School of Medicine, Farkas Auditorium, 550 First Avenue (between 31st and 32nd Streets). Designed to address the roles and responsibilities of relief efforts in the regions affected by the 2004 tsunami, the symposium will include an examination of the disaster’s social and political impact as well as a discussion of the relief efforts and long-term goals of contributing organizations.

For more information, please contact 212-263-3070 or e-mail the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health at For program updates, visit its website at

This discussion will consist of three different panels:

Panel 1: The Context (Social, Political, and Medical Histories of Affected Countries)

Panel 2: The Response (Emergency Relief vs. Sustainable Development)

Panel 3: The Future (Future Implications)

The symposium’s speakers will include the following: Dr. Karen Day, director of the Institute for Urban and Global Health, NYU School of Medicine; Dr. Lewis Goldfrank, chairman of emergency medicine at Bellevue Hospital; Adele Harmer, research fellow, Overseas Development Institute; Dr. Allen Keller, director of the NYU/Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture; Mathew Lee, chairman of rehabilitation medicine, NYU School of Medicine; Dr. Biju Mathew, South Asian activist and assistant professor of information systems at Rider University; Dr. Roshini Rajapaksa, NYU School of Medicine; Dr. Mariano Rey, director of the Centers for Health Disparities Research; Dr. Jack Saul, NYU International Trauma Studies Program; and Catrin Schulte-Hillen, program director at Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)-USA.

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