At the height of WWI, the most lethal influenza virus in history began at an army post in Kansas. It moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide.
On Thursday, September 20, the Virginia Museum of History and Culture presents New York Times best-selling author John Barry discussing his book, “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History”, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Robins Family Forum.
.The influenza claimed more lives in 24 weeks of 1918 than AIDS has claimed in 37 years, more than the Black Death killed in a century. According to Barry, it marked first collision between modern science and epidemic disease.
After weaving a dramatic story of triumph amid tragedy in the face of a global pandemic, Barry will join a panel of specialists from the VCU School of Medicine to discuss the role they play today in the research, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases.
Admission is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Space is limited. Registration is required by September 13.
This program is made possible by a grant from the Virginia Sargeant Reynolds Foundation and is cosponsored with the MCV Foundation.
For more information visit: https://www.virginiahistory.org