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The Past Is Never Over: the 1918 Influenza Pandemic and Its Public Health Lessons for Today

Downtown Campus
Diboll Auditorium

Featuring John Barry

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John M. Barry’s books have involved him in two areas of policy-making, and he has worked with local, state, federal, and international organizations on preparedness, resilience, and risk communication. The National Academies of Science named his 2004 study of the 1918 pandemic, The Great Influenza: The story of the deadliest pandemic in history, the year’s outstanding science book. 

The New York Public Library named his earlier book Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America one of the 50 "most memorable" books of the preceding 50 years. His work has appeared in publications ranging from Nature to The New York Times, and he has been interviewed on shows ranging from NBC’s Meet the Press, PBS's The News Hour, and NPR's All Things Considered to Fox. He has advised HHS, CDC, national security entities, and the Bush and Obama White Houses on pandemic preparedness and response, and he served on the original team which recommended public health strategies that might mitigate a pandemic.

This presentation will be followed by lunch in the Diboll Gallery.