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About the event

Join us for an interdisciplinary discussion on the scientific and social implications of infectious disease, the evolution of viruses, and what we can learn from this intersection. The 1918 flu pandemic killed nearly five per cent of the world’s population, making it one of the deadliest events in human history. On this centennial, we look at what made it so deadly, how society responded to this unprecedented emergency, and at the evolution of the flu virus itself. Featuring: Laura Spinney, author and science journalist, and Benjamin D. Greenbaum, assistant professor at the Tisch Cancer Institute.

The following day, Friday, October 12, the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences and the CUNY doctoral programs in Physics and Biology will host a day-long conference, Evolutionary Dynamics and Influenza from 9:30 am-6:15 pm in the Science Center (Rm 4102), The Graduate Center, CUNY. Click here for more info.

Presented with the Center for the Physics of Biological Function, a joint effort of the Graduate Center, CUNY and Princeton University, supported by the National Science Foundation; the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, Public Programs, and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY. This event is part of Contagious Cities, supported by Wellcome.




An electron micrograph of the recreated 1918 flu virus.