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South Carolina Clyburn Lecture Features Namesake, Rep. James E. Clyburn

The Arnold School of Public Health and the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities will host the 8th annual James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture on Monday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hilton Columbia Center, 924 Senate St. Columbia, SC 29201. The theme of the Clyburn Lecture, which is free and open to the public, is Pass the Torch, Re-Ignite the Flame: Approach Health Disparities with Passion Beyond Commitment. This year, the Lecture will feature its namesake, U.S. Representative James E. Clyburn, as the keynote speaker.

Congressman Clyburn represents South Carolina’s 6th Congressional District and was elected to Congress in 1992. He was selected co-president of his freshman class and continued fulfilling various leadership roles. In 1999, he was elected chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and he became the House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair in 2002. Three years later, he was unanimously elected Chair of the Democratic Caucus. When Democrats regained the House majority in 2006, Representative Clyburn was chosen by his colleagues to serve as House Majority Whip. Today, he is the Assistant Democratic Leader for the 114th congress. President Barack Obama has said that Congressman Clyburn is “one of a handful of people who, when they speak, the entire Congress listens.”


Congressman Clyburn, along with Senator Ernest F. Hollings, was instrumental in securing funding to establish the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities in 2003. The Institute created the Clyburn Lecture to honor Congressman Clyburn and serves as a mechanism to allow national and regional health disparities researchers, public health researchers, practice professionals, policy makers and community leaders to share their findings, best practices and lessons learned with students, faculty and the community. These exchanges aim to facilitate research and community engagement efforts focused on reducing and eliminating health disparities. Since its inception, the Clyburn Lecture has been well attended by local government officials, the university’s faculty, staff and students and the community.

Students, faculty, staff and members of community organizations are invited to submit abstracts by Friday, March 27 for consideration in a poster session. Abstracts should be 300 words or less and describe health disparities research or practice, particularly in the areas of the science of health disparities, social justice and special populations. The poster session will include a limited number of selected abstracts and will be held during the reception immediately following the lecture. A peer review process will be used to score the posters, presenting the highest scoring abstracts with awards in the following categories: New Investigator, Student, Poster Display.

For more information or questions about the 2015 Clyburn Lecture, please contact Gwen Preston, Assistant Director for the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities, at prestong@mailbox.sc.edu.