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Tue, March 02, 2021

18:00 – 19:30


Critically acclaimed science journalist David Quammen, author of Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic (2012) visits us to discuss viruses, animal infections, evolution, and the times we’re living through. 

In conversation with Perri Klass, Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics at NYU Co-Director, NYU Florence

Recent articles by David Quammen
The Virus, the Bats and Us  – The New York Times
Did Pangolin Trafficking Cause the Coronavirus Pandemic? – The New Yorker
How viruses shape our world – National Geographic

In collaboration with NYU Washington, DC

Featured Biographies

David Quammen


David Quammen’s fifteen books include The Tangled Tree, The Song of the DodoThe Reluctant Mr. Darwin, and Spillover, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. He has written for Harper’s, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Book Review, Outside, and Powder, among other magazines, and is a contributing writer for National Geographic. He wrote the entire text of the May 2016 issue of National Geographic on the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem—the first time in the history of the magazine that an issue was single-authored. Quammen shares a home in Bozeman, Montana, with his wife, Betsy Gaines Quammen, an environmental historian, along with two Russian wolfhounds and a cross-eyed cat. Visit him at

Perri Klass


Perri Klass is Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics at New York University and Co-Director of NYU Florence; her new book is A Good Time to Be Born: How Science and Public Health Gave Children a Future,  a study of the decline in infant and child mortality, and the effects on parenting, pediatrics, culture, and society. Dr. Klass writes the weekly column, “The Checkup,” for the New York Times. Her nonfiction books include Every Mother is a Daughter, coauthored with her mother, and Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn’t Fit In, coauthored with Eileen Costello, M.D., A Not Entirely Benign Procedure: Four Years as a Medical Student, and Baby Doctor: A Pediatrician’s Training. Dr. Klass is the National Medical Director of Reach Out and Read, which works through pediatric primary care to promote reading aloud to young children.