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UNC 1918 Flu Symposium

Going Viral: Impact and Implications of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic
April 4 –6, 2018
Chapel Hill, N.C.

The symposium, hosted by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and co-sponsored by UNC’s Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and RTI International, will mark the 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic.

Ms. Gina Kolata, journalist for The New York Times, best-selling author and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, will be the keynote speaker.

Author of six books, Ms. Kolata specializes in demystifying the science of public health. Her bestseller, Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It, is a gripping account of an epidemic that may have killed 50 million people or more, virtually overnight. If a similar epidemic struck today, 1.5 million Americans would die.

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.

“The 1918 influenza pandemic was one of the defining events of the 20th century,” said Dr. Barbara K. Rimer, dean of the UNC Gillings School. “We aim to bring an interdisciplinary lens to understand what happened and to use our knowledge to prevent the next pandemic.”

Registration for the event will open in January. Please check the UNC Gillings School website for more information.