Swine Flu. SARS. Ebola. Over the past several years, it feels like the planet is awash in infectious diseases just waiting to get into our systems and wipe us off the face of the earth. Popular films such as Contagion have captured the public imagination, while trying to paint a scientifically accurate portrait of just how close we might be to the next global pandemic.
Dr. Ian Lipkin served as the science adviser for the film Contagion while Dr. Dan Jernigan is a captain in the US Public Health Service. Both scientists have dedicated their lives to understanding and preventing global pandemics of epic proportions. David Quammen goes right to the source of where diseases jump between animals and humans and journalist Maryn McKenna works the emerging infectious beat.
This October, go beyond the silver screen and learn about the science behind real-life emerging infectious diseases from leading virologists and journalists.
Reception and book signing to follow.
In this series we're looking at some of the ways the Seven Deadly Since show up in the sciences. To do that, we're bringing together top scientists, authors, chefs, urban planners, and many others to help us explore our baser nature. Each event will feature indulgent receptions afterwards, as well as opportunities for you to interact with the speakers and one another. Join us for this vice-ridden round of events!
• Wrath Goes Viral, Oct 17, 2012
• Pride: Flying Cars and other Broken Promises, Nov 28, 2012
• Greed: Willing to Do Anything, Dec 11, 2012
• Lust and Love in the Animal Kingdom, Feb 12, 2013
• Sloth: Is Your City Making You Fat?, Mar 13, 2013
• Envy: The Cutthroat Side of Science, Apr 30, 2013
• Gluttony: Deconstructing Dinner, May 23, 2013
Learn more about the series here.