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Sanger Series: Going Viral, featuring Gina Kolata

Text Reads: Going Viral. Contains a photo of a 1918 Red Cross Nurse with a respirator on and bloodshot eyes.



James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284


In 2018, the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic, the Sanger Series lectures explore the deadly pandemic, the valiant search for the virus that caused it and the ways it changed medicine and our world.

In a talk titled "Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It," reporter Gina Kolata explores the history of the 1918 influenza pandemic. "The 1918 flu epidemic puts every other epidemic of this century to shame," she says. "It was a plague so deadly that if a similar virus were to strike today, it would kill more people in a single year than heart disease, cancer, strokes, chronic pulmonary disease, AIDS and Alzheimer's disease combined. The epidemic affected the course of history and was a terrifying presence at the end of World War I, killing more Americans in a single year than died in battle in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War."

The series is free and open to all, but please register. Parking is available for a fee in the 8th Street parking deck. For special accommodations, or to register offline, please contact Thelma Mack, Reasearch and Education Coordinator, at (804) 828-0017 or at least two days prior to the event.


Registration opens soon.

About the Speaker

Gina Kolata is a reporter at The New York Times, focused on science and medicine. Her training is in science. She studied molecular biology on the graduate level at M.I.T. and has a master's degree in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland. Her work at the Times has led her to be a Pulitzer finalist twice—for investigative reporting in 2000 and for explanatory journalism in 2010. Before joining the Times in 1987, she was a copyeditor at Science magazine and she also wrote for the American Association for the Advancement of Science journal, 1974–87. She is the author of seven books on health and medical topics, the most recent of which is Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, a Family's Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Saved Them.


VCU Libraries and the VCU Office of Research and Innovation present this Sanger Series lecture.

Image: Portrait of Gina Kolata, Red Cross nurse from a 1918 poster about avoiding the flu courtesy of U.S. National Library of Medicine. Poster Design by Jeff Bland.


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