29 October 2021 — 12:00 noon — online

Rebecca Onion (Slate)

“How the Histories of Medicine and Public Health Have Fared in the Media During Covid-19”

During the current pandemic, journalists struggling to explain the myriad social, cultural, and political disturbances of COVID-19 have reached for the history of medicine and public health for assistance. During this talk, a journalist who participated in this particular ongoing historical contextualization project will turn a critical eye on digital journalism’s record in this matter, and ask what, if anything, can be learned about the popularization of the history of medicine and public health from this patchy record.


Rebecca Onion is a staff writer and editor at Slate and author of Innocent Experiments: Childhood and the Culture of Public Science in the United States (UNC Press, 2016). She received her Ph.D from the UT-Austin Department of American Studies in 2012.


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