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UNC Hosts ‘Going Viral: Impact and Implications of the 1918 Flu Pandemic’

UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health will host an interdisciplinary symposium to mark the 100th anniversary of one of the deadliest pandemics in human history – the 1918 influenza pandemic. The symposium, to be held April 4-6 in Chapel Hill, N.C., is co-sponsored by the Gillings School, UNC Libraries, UNC’s Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and RTI International.

Through the Symposium, speakers will describe what happened in 1918, the pandemic’s impact (more than 50 million people – or 3 percent of the world’s population – died), what we have learned from the devastating events of 1918-1919, why it could happen again, and what we can do to prevent or control it. Scheduled events emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to understanding public health problems, offering perspectives from the vantage points of public health, history, medicine, science, social sciences, health communications, and the arts and humanities. Speakers include world-renowned experts in epidemiology, virology, medicine, communications, literature, history, ethics, policy and other fields.

Visit the UNC Health Sciences Library’s Virtual Exhibit for an interactive view of the flu’s impact at UNC and throughout North Carolina.

Learn more about the symposium events and register at www.sph.unc.edu/1918flu.