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CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta was announced March 19 at midnight as the Social Planning and Events Committee’s spring Connaissance speaker.

Gupta — the host of Sanjay Gupta MD and a frequent contributor to programs like Anderson Cooper 360 — will speak in Irvine Auditorium on Apr. 3.

According to SPEC, Gupta’s talk will focus on the media’s role in reporting medical issues and the role of medicine during times of war and disaster.

Gupta will also discuss some of his personal experiences, including his reporting on recent disasters like the tsunami in Japan and the earthquake in Haiti.

In addition to his work in medicine and journalism, Gupta has also been exposed to the political world.

In Jan. 2009, CNN reported that President Barack Obama had offered Gupta the position of surgeon general. Gupta later withdrew his name from consideration for the position, citing his family and career.

SPEC said it is pleased it was able to bring Gupta to campus.

“Dr. Gupta not only excels in his work as a neurosurgeon, but has also displayed unparalleled passion in reporting and addressing health-related phenomena that affects people all around the world,” said SPEC Connaissance Co-Director and College senior Benjamin Frank. “Such a resume makes Gupta an extremely intriguing choice for our keynote speaker series.”

Online ticketing for the event begins today via SPEC’s website. Purchased tickets are available to be picked up on Locust Walk beginning Mar. 23.

Tickets will cost $5.


Past SPEC Connaissance speakers.

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