Investigative journalist and critically acclaimed author to speak at UH Hilo

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Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo invites the public to a lecture by Sonia Shah, an investigative journalist, who has authored critically acclaimed books on science, human rights and international politics. Her presentation is on Thursday, March 1 at 5:30 pm in UCB Room 100.

Shah’s talk centers around her new book, Pandemics: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera, Ebola and Beyond, which the Wall Street Journal describes as a “lively, rigorously researched and highly informative read.”

Over 300 infectious diseases have newly emerged or re-emerged in new territory over the past 50 years, and many epidemiologists expect that one of them will cause a disruptive, deadly pandemic sometime in the next two generations. Shah discusses which pathogen might cause the next pandemic, how, and if there is a unique impact to island communities.

The event is sponsored by the UH Hilo Philosophy Department, the Hawaiʻi Island Philosophy Club, the Gender and Women's Studies Program, American Association of University Women - Hilo and the UH SEED IDEAS Grant.

For more information, contact Dr. Celia Bardwell-Jones at 932-7230 or email

For disability accommodation, contact Disability Services at 932-7623 (V) or 932-7002 (TTY).

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