Jonathan Cohn to Speak at Walden University Academic Residency

Minneapolis—September 22, 2011—Jonathan Cohn, veteran journalist and author of Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis—and the People Who Pay the Price, will speak at Walden University’s academic residency on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Hilton Atlanta.

As senior editor at The New Republic, Cohn has written about national politics and its influence on American communities for the past decade. His primary focus, healthcare, is the subject of his acclaimed book Sick. An advocate for universal health insurance, Cohn profiles patients struggling with the U.S. healthcare system to illustrate the toll the current model takes on Americans.

In reviewing Sick for the New York Times, Sally Satel wrote, “Cohn … lucidly shows how America’s system for financing medical care helps determine who gets proper medical attention and who doesn’t. He tells this story through the experiences of ordinary people … But Sick is much more than a meticulously drawn and moving compilation of crises. It is also an edifying primer on how we got here.”

Cohn’s articles have also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Slate, Mother Jones and the Washington Monthly. He is also a senior fellow at the think tank Demos and a contributing editor at The American Prospect, where he served previously as the executive editor. A Harvard University graduate and a past media fellow with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Cohn resides in Ann Arbor, Mich., with his wife and children.

Academic residencies at Walden, an accredited online university, support students’ academic and professional goals by connecting them with individual faculty mentors, student support staff and hundreds of peers. During academic residencies, students from select doctoral and master’s degree programs have the opportunity to conceptualize and develop research that contributes to positive social change.

Walden’s plenary sessions are an integral part of the residencies and are led by speakers from around the world who share an array of experiences and viewpoints, with the hope of inspiring debate and lively conversation. These sessions are intended to provide Walden students, faculty and staff with the opportunity to hear perspectives on a variety of topics that are meaningful and relevant to their lives as scholars and practitioners.

Visit www.WaldenU.edu/perspectives for an archive of past Walden speakers.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 46,500 students from all 50 states and more than 120 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 55 campus-based and online universities in 28 countries.

Walden offers more than 60 degree programs with more than 300 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.