Pandemics and pop culture: fiction or reality? (Virtual)


Rejoin American experience for a PAST FORWARD virtual conversation comparing real-life pandemics and their pop culture analogues. This conversation is inspired in part by their film, Plague at the Golden Gatenow streaming.

Panelists will explore the popularity of books, movies and shows about viruses and pandemics, and connect what we see on screen to how scientists and doctors deal with outbreaks in real life. They will delve into the technology of virus hunting – both in real life and in movies, examine political and social norms reflected in media and in reality, and draw comparisons between pandemics past and present. .

Featured guest:

Ian Lipkin- Professor of Epidemiology, Pathology, and Neurology, and Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and Scientific Advisor on the 2011 film, Contagion.

The conversation will be moderated by Marilyn Chaseformer health reporter for The Wall Street Journaland the author of The Barbarian Death: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco (Random house)

The event will be broadcast live on American Experience Youtube and Facebook pages.

Major funding for American Experience provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Significant funding for Plague at the Golden Gate provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and members of the Better Angels Society, including the Fullerton Family Charitable Fund and the Philip I. Kent Charitable Fund. Additional funding for American Experience provided by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, The Documentary Investment Group and public viewers. American Experience is produced for PBS by GBH Boston.

This virtual event will begin at 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

This event is brought to you by AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.

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