Going Viral: Impact and Implications of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic
Wednesday, April 4 – Friday, April 6, 2018 at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Symposium events will offer perspectives from the vantage points of medicine, health, social sciences and the humanities. Speakers include leading experts in epidemiology, virology, medicine, communications, literature, history, ethics, policy and other fields.
Visit the Health Sciences Library’s Virtual Exhibit for an interactive view of the flu’s impact at UNC and throughout North Carolina.
Visit the Going Viral Registration page for payment and deadline information and to access online registration. To register for the pre-symposium event, visit the O Lost! Registration page. For information beyond what is available on these pages, please contact email@example.com.
Please note that this symposium has been approved for 1.25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Attendees must be present for the full program (April 5-6) to receive credit. No partial credit will be awarded.
Other “Going Viral” Events
The Gillings School is hosting several events linked with the symposium that are free and open to the public.
Learn more about the staged reading of “Kyrie,” a lyric prose poem about the human experience of the 1918 flu; our students-only Pandemic Board Game Lunch; and Gillings Family Day at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences!
Call for Posters
The Going Viral co-sponsors invite graduate and professional students, post-doctoral scholars, practitioners and others to submit poster proposals that describe relevant research or practice in epidemiology, virology, medicine, communication, health behavior, health policy, crisis response, ethics, history, literature and other areas relevant to the symposium theme. Get full poster proposal details (PDF), then submit an abstract for the symposium’s poster presentation.
Keynote Speaker: Gina Kolata
On Thursday, April 5, at 6 p.m., as keynote speaker for the symposium, Gina Kolata will deliver the 50th annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial lecture.
Kolata, best-selling author and journalist for the The New York Times, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist who specializes in demystifying the science of personal health. She is the author of six books, including the best seller Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It. Her acclaimed writing has influenced public policy and upended conventional wisdom.
Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It
In 1918 the Great Flu Pandemic killed an estimated 50 million people virtually overnight. If such a plague returned today, taking a comparable percentage of the world’s population, 150 million people would die.
In this best-selling non-fiction account, acclaimed science journalist Gina Kolata unravels the mystery of this lethal virus with the high drama of a great adventure story.
From Alaska to Norway, from the streets of Hong Kong to the corridors of the White House, Kolata tracks the race to recover the live pathogen and probes the fear that has impelled government policy.
Flu compellingly addresses the prospects for a great epidemic’s recurrence and considers what we can do to prevent it.
Wednesday, April 4
Wilson Special Collections Library, UNC-Chapel Hill
O Lost! The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Thomas Wolfe and the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918
Host and moderator: Robert A. Blouin, PharmD, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Bryson Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Reception and Program
Featuring an exhibition of rare materials from the Library’s North Carolina Collection, including the Thomas Wolfe Collection, the University Archives and the Health Sciences Library; the reception will incorporate music from 1918, dramatic readings and more.
“Impact of 1918 Flu at UNC-Chapel Hill”
Howard E. Covington Jr., historian and biographer
“Impact of 1918 Flu in the Life and Literature of UNC Alumnus Thomas Wolfe, author of Look Homeward, Angel “
Paula Gallant Eckard, PhD, director of American Studies, associate professor of English, UNC-Charlotte; editor, Thomas Wolfe Review; past-president, Thomas Wolfe Society
Thursday, April 5
The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
The 1918 Influenza Pandemic: History, Narrative and Context
Session host and moderator: Allison Aiello, PhD, professor of epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“The 1918 Flu Pandemic: A Worldwide Historical Perspective”
Origin, scope, nature and impact of one of the largest, deadliest pandemics in human history
Howard Markel, MD, PhD, George E. Wantz, MD Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine; director, Center for the History of Medicine; professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases; professor of history, professor of health management and policy, professor of psychiatry, University of Michigan; author of When Germs Travel; editor-in-chief of Influenza Encyclopedia: The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919, a digital encyclopedia and archive
“Narrative Frames and Contagion: How They Shape Our Collective Response to Pandemics”
Priscilla Wald, PhD, R. Florence Brinkley Chair of English, Duke University; author of Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative
“The Historical Context of the 1918 Flu Pandemic in North Carolina and the South”
James L. Leloudis, PhD, professor of history; associate dean for Honors Carolina; director, James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence
Epidemiology and Virology of the 1918 Flu Pandemic
Session host and moderator: Ralph Baric, PhD, professor of epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health; professor of microbiology and immunology, School of Medicine; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Unraveling Influenza Virus Pathogenic Mechanisms; from the Early Flu Hunters to Today”
Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, PhD, professor, Department of Microbiology, Fishberg Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases; Director, Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
“Developing Better Vaccines: Right Around the Corner?”
Barney S. Graham, MD, PhD, Senior Investigator, Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Vaccine Research Center, National Institutes of Health
“Better Antivirals: Will They Be Ready?”
Frederick G. Hayden, MD, professor of medicine and pathology, University of Virginia School of Medicine
11:50 a.m.-12:40 p.m.
What Have We Learned from Prior Epidemics and Pandemics?
Session host and moderator: Nandita Mani, PhD, MLIS, Associate University Librarian and Director, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“What Have We Learned from Recent Viral Outbreaks and Influenza Epidemics That Could Help Prevent Another Pandemic?”
Yoshihiro Kawaoka, DVM, PhD, professor of Virology, Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison; professor and Head of Virology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo
“One-Health: The Interconnection of Human and Animal Health in Causing and Preventing the Next Pandemic”
Barrett Slenning, DVM, MPVM, associate professor, epidemiology and ruminant health, North Carolina State University
“Communicating about Pandemics in the Digital Age”
Keri Lubell, PhD, behavioral scientist and team lead for Research and Evaluation in the Emergency Risk Communication Branch (ERCB), Division of Emergency Operations (DEO), Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) at the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
“Past, Present and Future Ethical Implications of Pandemics”
Jim Thomas, PhD, associate professor, Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School; Director, MEASURE Evaluation Project, Carolina Population Center
Aspiring to Predict and Prevent the Next Pandemic
Session host and moderator: Lisa M. Koonin, DrPH, MN, MPH, Deputy Director, Influenza Coordination Unit, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
“Pandemic Influenza: Global Health Meets Global Health Security”
Bruce Gellin, MD, MPH, President, Global Immunization, Sabin Vaccine Institute
“Using Digital Tools and Citizen Science for Pandemic Surveillance, Prevention and Preparedness”
John Brownstein, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer and Professor of Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital; Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School; pioneered creation of HealthMap, Flu Near You and other novel disease surveillance systems.
“The Intersection of Pandemics and Biopreparedness”
Greg Evans, PhD, MPH, dean and professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University
“Economic Impact of Pandemics”
Martin Meltzer, PhD, Lead, Health Economics and Modeling Unit (HEMU), Distinguished Consultant, Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections, Emergency Risk Communication Branch (ERCB), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
“The National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness (NCBP)”
Mark Holmes, PhD, Director, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Thursday, April 5 – Evening Events
The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
Student poster session and photo exhibit
Evening Keynote Lecture
50th Annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture
The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It
Reception (with heavy hors d’oeuvres)
Gina Kolata will sign her book, Flu: The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It
Friday, April 6
The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
Emlyn Koster, PhD, Director, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Myron Cohen, MD, Yeargan-Bate Eminent Distinguished Professor of Medicine, microbiology and immunology; professor, epidemiology; director, Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases; associate vice chancellor for Global Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Resolve to Save Lives: Can Policies in the U.S. and Other Countries Make us Safer?
Session host and moderator: Leah M. Devlin, DDS, MPH, Professor of the Practice, Department of Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
8:45-9:05 a.m. (Remote, via teleconference)
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, president and CEO, Resolve to Save Lives; CDC director from 2009-2017
Issues for Minority Populations: From Early 20th Century to Present Day
Session host and moderator: Jane F. Thrailkill, Bank of America Honors Distinguished Term Associate Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature; Director, HHIVE: Health and Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Venue for Exploration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
9:20 -9:40 a.m.
“African-American Soldiers in WWI and its Aftermath”
Adriane Lentz-Smith, PhD, associate professor of history, Duke University; author of Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I
“Building Trust in Vaccination among Minority Populations”
Sandra Crouse Quinn, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Family Science; senior associate director, Maryland Center for Health Equity; School of Public Health, University of Maryland
Best Practices in Prevention and Preparedness
Session host and moderator: Andrew F. Olshan, PhD, Barbara S. Hulka Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Hospital Preparedness and Responses to a Flu Epidemic”
David Weber, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and pediatrics, School of Medicine; professor of epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; medical director, UNC Hospitals’ departments of hospital epidemiology and occupational health service; associate chief medical officer, UNC Health Care
“Best Communication Practices During Outbreaks”
Bridget Kelly, PhD, MPH, health communications research scientist; program manager, Science in the Public Sphere Program, RTI International
“Local Public Health Preparedness and Responses to Flu and Other Emerging Infection Epidemics”
Zack Moore, MD, MPH, state epidemiologist for North Carolina; epidemiology section chief, Division of Public Health, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Imagining the Next Flu Pandemic – and Preventing it!
Moderator: Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ralph Baric, PhD, professor of epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health; professor of microbiology and immunology, School of Medicine; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Moderated questions/discussion and wrap-up