City of Science: Infectious Disease and the Spanish Flu—Lessons for Science and Society

OCT 11, 2018 | 6:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1218: Segal Theatre


October 11, 2018: 6:30 PM


Free; Reservations Required


Public Programs


Reservations are full. This event will be LIVE-STREAMED.

Join us for an interdisciplinary discussion on the scientific and social implications of infectious disease, the evolution of viruses, and what we can learn from this intersection. The 1918 flu pandemic killed nearly five percent of the world’s population, making it one of the deadliest events in human history. On this centennial, we look at what made it so deadly, how society responded to this unprecedented emergency, and the evolution of the flu virus itself. Featuring: Laura Spinney, author and science journalist, and Benjamin D. Greenbaum, assistant professor at the Tisch Cancer Institute.
Presented with the Center for the Physics of Biological Function, a joint effort of The Graduate Center and Princeton University, supported by the National Science Foundation; the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, and the Center for the Humanities. This event is part of Contagious Cities, supported by Wellcome.