IRC Online Book Club: Pandemics
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IRC Online Book Club: Pandemics

The topic book for the April 21 session Pandemics: A Very Short Introduction by Christian McMillen

When: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Zoom Video Communications
United States
Contact: Jack McLaren

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As part of the IRC's digital programming offerings, a video Book Club will be held on Tuesday, April 21. Pandemics: A Very Short Introduction by Christian McMillen will be the topic of discussion. 


About the Book
This Very Short Introduction describes history's major pandemics - plague, tuberculosis, malaria, smallpox, cholera, influenza, and HIV/AIDS - highlighting how each disease's biological characteristics affected its pandemic development. McMillen discusses state responses to pandemics, such as quarantine, isolation, travel restrictions, and other forms of social control, and pays special attention to the rise of public health and the explosion of medical research in the wake of pandemics, especially as the germ theory of disease emerged in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Today, medicine is able to control all of these diseases, yet some of them are still devastating in much of the developing world. By assessing the relationship between poverty and disease and the geography of epidemics, McMillen offers an outspoken and thought-provoking point of view on the necessity for global governments to learn from past experiences and proactively cooperate to prevent any future epidemic.

Book is available for purchase:
$11.46 Paperback from Barnes & Noble
$7.49 Kindle - Amazon


Using Zoom
This event will be hosted through the free online meeting platform, Zoom. This link will bring you directly to the download page for Zoom. After downloading, please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with its features.
On the day of the event you will receive an IRC email with the link to join the session. Simply click this link and grant permission for Zoom to open the link. You will then automatically join the event.

If you have any questions, or, if you would like to set up a personal Zoom training session, please feel free to reach out to Jon Hartnett (