This lecture is named for Clarence Olds Sappington, MD, DrPH, (1889-1949), a noted consultant in occupational diseases and industrial hygiene, who was the first American to hold a DrPH degree which he received from Harvard School of Public Health in 1924. This memorial lecture series, presented annually at AOHC, was created in 1954 to honor this pioneer in the field of occupational medicine and serve as a forum from which to address major issues in the field.
Michael Grunwald, senior national correspondent for Time magazine and author of The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise, is this year’s Sappington Lecturer. Mr. Grunwald will speak on how the poor health of the Everglades parallels and impacts the health of the residents in the area.
In The Swamp, Michael Grunwald—winner of the George Polk Award for national reporting and the Worth Bingham Award for investigative reporting—tells the dramatic story of the Everglades, which was once America's last frontier, and is now the focus of the largest environmental restoration project in the history of the earth. “It is the story of a remarkable swath of real estate and the remarkable people it has attracted,” he writes, “from the aboriginals who created the continent's first permanent settlement in the Everglades, to the U.S. soldiers who fought a futile war of ethnic cleansing in the Everglades, to the dreams and schemers who have tried to settle, drain, tame, develop, sell, preserve and restore the Everglades. It's a story about hubris and unintended consequences, about the mistakes man has made in his relationship with nature and his unprecedented effort to fix them.” (Source: booknoise.net).