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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 11, 2004 | Vol. 34 No. 7
City Health Commissioner Opens 'All Politics Is Local' Lecture Series

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Peter Beilenson will present "The Health Gap: Addressing Inequality in Health Care in Baltimore City," at 8 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 14, in Levering Hall's Glass Pavilion, Homewood campus. His talk launches the second annual student-run lecture series All Politics Is Local.

Beilenson will discuss the city's strategies to address health care equality and what he anticipates to be the future of health care in Baltimore. He earned his master's degree in public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1990 and is currently an associate in the school's Department of Population and Family Health Sciences.

In addition to Beilenson, the students are bringing to campus other local officials who will address the structural inequalities that prevent Baltimore's urban poor from attaining fair access to education, affordable housing, legal representation and adequate health care under the theme Charm City? The Continuing Legacy of Inequality in Baltimore. All events take place at 8 p.m. in the Glass Pavilion unless noted.

Mon., Oct. 18. "Baltimore Left Behind? The Impact of the No Child Left Behind Act on Baltimore City Schools," a panel discussion featuring former city councilman Carl Stokes; longtime city schools affiliate James M. Smith; Gail Sunderman, an education researcher at the Civil Rights Project at Harvard; and Zattura Sims-El, program director for the Baltimore Education Network.

Tues., Oct. 26. "Housing the Urban Poor: The Problems and Inequities in Baltimore's Housing System," featuring Sandra J. Newman, director of the Institute for Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins; and Jennifer Burdick, a board member of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Mon., Nov. 8, Mudd Hall Auditorium. "Is Justice Color-blind? Perceptions and Realities in the Criminal Justice System," featuring Judge Dale Cathell of the Maryland Supreme Court.

For more information about All Politics Is Local, contact Emilie Adams at or Claire Edington at


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