Luminary Lecture Series at Liverpool School of Art and Design


Former President of the Faculty of Public Health

Auditorium, LJMU Liverpool School of Art and Design, John Lennon Art & Design Building view map & directions

17:00 - 18:30

John Ashton will present aspects of his innovative role in public health, outlined in his new book Practising Public Health - an eyewitness account published by Oxford University Press 2019, including his pioneering work to keep drug injectors safe in the face of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, ground-breaking work in Liverpool to reduce teenage pregnancy rates, and lead role in the World Health Organisation Healthy Cities Project. John had a leading role standing up for victims, bereaved and survivors of the Hillsborough Stadium disaster, his work in Kosovo during the 1999 civil war emergency, the mass shootings in Cumbria, and public health disasters and emergencies including at the Alder Hey childrens hospital and Morecambe Bay hospital scandals.

John has a passion for culture and the arts as vital vehicles for public engagement and healing. An early influence is C.P. Snows writings on The Two Cultures of arts and science and the need to resolve the schism. He will address this issue with reference to his work and to his long collaboration with Liverpools own poet and artist Adrian Henri.