Lecture: The 'Spanish' Flu of 1918 and how it changed the world

at Zoom

Speaker: Laura Spinney.

Laura will recount the story of an overlooked pandemic and demonstrate that the Spanish Flu was as significant – if not more so – as two world wars in shaping the modern world; in disrupting, and often permanently altering, global politics, race relations, family structures, and thinking across medicine, religion and the arts.

Laura Spinney is a writer and science journalist.  Her writing on science has appeared in The Guardian, the Economist, Nature and National Geographic, among others.  She is the author of two novels, The Doctor (2001) and The Quick (2007), and a collection of oral history, Rue Centrale (2013).  Her bestselling non-fiction account of the 1918 Influenza pandemic, Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World (2017) was published in the UK by Jonathan Cape and has been translated into 16 languages.  She lives in Paris.

Please register for this event via our Eventbrite page. It is free for members of the Society; £5 per person for non-members.

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