Warren Westerberg Global Health and the Arts Prize

Warren Westerberg was a renowned potter and artist who also believed that promoting good health around the world was of the utmost importance. In honor of Westerberg, the late spouse of Roseanne Waters, a founding Emory Global Health Institute staff member, EGHI began offering an annual prize in 2018 recognizing a member or members of the Emory community who have created an innovative work that bridges global health with visual art, writing, music, film/video, or other creative disciplines. 

In 2022, EGHI is working with Ms. Waters to reimagine the Westerberg Prize Program, so please stay tuned for more details in the coming months. 

Rollins School of Public Health alumna Hannah Ranson's winning entry was excerpted from a larger series she created titled The Hands That Feed. This series explores the innate sense of mistrust felt by people of color that has been passed down through intergenerational trauma and lived experiences. The theme of this project is perpetually relevant, but its impacts have been highlighted in the time of COVID-19. This pivotal moment in time calls on systems to acknowledge past and present racist undertones engrained in American culture.

Click to view the entire series, and Ranson's commentary on it.

Saikat Chakraborty, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Oxford College of Emory University, describing the potential effects of climate change through a fictional photo essay based on scientific findings and similar events that are happening around the world. To view the winning submission, please click the button below.

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Shivani Chandramohan, a graduate student at Rollins School of Public Health, portrayed climate change through a semi-classical dance based on the traditional and ancient Indian dance style, bharathanatyam. To view the winning submission, please click the button below.

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EGHI received 13 entries to its inaugural Warren Westerberg Global Health & the Arts Prize. Entries included visual art, graphic novels, poetry, prose, a documentary film, and a music video. The 2018 winner was Isabella Alexander, PhD, a Visiting Assistant Professor in Emory's departments of anthropology and film and media studies. Dr. Alexander's submitted her film, The Burning: The Untold Story of Africa's Migrant and Refugee Crisis, for consideration.