Saturday, March 19, 2011 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
This lecture has been rescheduled from Dec. 11. All tickets from Dec. 11 will be honored on the new date.
The History Forum does not refund tickets, but tax donation receipts equivalent to the price of tickets purchased can be requested by calling 651-259-3419.
About the program:
In nine short months the so-called “Spanish Flu” killed 675,000 Americans, then its virulence, and the wartime censorship, political maneuvering and scientific struggle that accompanied it, faded from our national consciousness for nearly a century. Best-selling historian and author John Barry explores how the confluence of biology and wartime politics allowed a deadly virus to thrive, motivating Americans accustomed to invulnerability to erase from national memory the terrors of the greatest epidemic in human history.
John M. Barry is Distinguished Scholar at the Center for Bioenvironmental Research of Tulane and Xavier Universities and a New York Times best-selling author. The National Academies of Science named The Great Influenza: the Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History the year’s outstanding book on science or medicine. Barry has advised the Bush and Obama administrations and United Nations, and World Health Organization officials on influenza, pandemic preparedness and response. Barry is also the only non-scientist to serve on a federal government Infectious Disease Board of Experts.