October 5, 2020

Global health leader to present “COVID-19: Reflections on the acute crisis and long-term impacts” as part of endowed lecture series.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., Oct. 5, 2020—Global health leader Dr. Craig Spencer will present “COVID-19: Reflections on the acute crisis and long-term impacts” on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. as part of Centenary University’s Gates-Ferry Distinguished Visiting Lecture series. The event will be held virtually due to the pandemic.

Dr. Spencer is assistant professor of medicine and population and family health at the Columbia University Medical Center. In addition, he serves as director, global health emergency medicine, at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Doctors Without Borders.

During his medical career, Dr. Spencer has engaged with some of the most notable disease outbreaks in recent years. He worked on the front lines fighting COVID-19 in his home hospital in New York City and was an emergency medical worker in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. In addition, Dr. Spencer has confronted the Ebola virus in West Africa.

A link to this free lecture, which is open to the public, will be published here on Oct. 20.


The Gates-Ferry Distinguished Visiting Lecture at Centenary University recognizes the dedication to the University of Joseph R. Ferry, trustee from 1948 to 1976 and treasurer of the Board of Trustees for 20 years. It was established to set high standards and goals for students and faculty, and to enrich the quality of life on the Centenary campus.


Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. The University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township. The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in Parsippany, as well as online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.

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