SPH Hosts Going Viral: Impact and Implications of the 1918 Flu Pandemic

An interdisciplinary symposium to mark the 100th anniversary of one of the deadliest pandemics in human history will be hosted April 4-6, 2018, by UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC Libraries, UNC’s Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and RTI International.

Symposium events will offer perspectives from the vantage points of medicine, health, social sciences and the humanities. Speakers include leading experts in epidemiology, virology, medicine, communications, literature, history, ethics, policy and other fields.

When: Wednesday April 4 – Friday April 6, 2018

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Gina Kolata

On Thursday, April 5, at 6 p.m., as keynote speaker for the symposium, Gina Kolata will deliver the 50th annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial lecture.

Kolata, best-selling author and journalist for the The New York Times, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist who specializes in demystifying the science of personal health. She is the author of six books, including the best seller Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It. Her acclaimed writing has influenced public policy and upended conventional wisdom.