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Circuits of Information and the Spread of Disease


Nov 05 2014


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Circuits of Information and the Spread of Disease

Circuits of Information and the Spread of Disease

With Jonathan Katz and Priscilla Wald

As the Ebola virus rages on in West Africa, the world is assessing the best way to address this epidemic. Discourse in the United States has revolved around many issues – including an air travel ban – which have caused an uproar in the public health sector. But what is really shaping the responses towards the Ebola epidemic? How does the media filter our understanding of what is happening in these crisis zones? English Professor Priscilla Wald contributes her expertise on cultural narratives of disease, and journalist Jonathan Katz shares his experiences writing about the cholera epidemic in Haiti. The panel addresses how the media can influence the population’s reaction and response to epidemics around the world.

Co-sponsored by the Haiti Lab, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Franklin Humanities Center, and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.


Jonathan M. Katz

Jonathan M. Katz is a journalist, author, and ASU Future of War National Fellow at New America. His first book, The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster, was a PEN Literary Award finalist and won the Overseas Press Club…...

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Priscilla Wald

Duke University

Priscilla Wald teaches and works on U.S. literature and culture, particularly literature of the late-18th to mid-20th centuries, contemporary narratives of science and medicine, science fiction literature and film, and environmental studies. Her current work focuses on the intersections among the law, literature, science and medicine. Her recent book-length study,…...

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