March 2, 2021 at 12:45 pm

Contemporary History | Patient Zero: Seeking Epidemic Origins from AIDS to COVID-19, April 15

Dr. Richard A. McKay

Richard A. McKay (Photo by Phillip Wade.)

The Contemporary History Institute hosts Dr. Richard McKay discussing “Patient Zero: Seeking Epidemic Origins from AIDS to COVID-19” on April 15 from noon to 1 p.m.

His book, Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic, published in 2017 by the University of Chicago Press, was named by CHOICE Review as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2018 and produced as a documentary feature film, Killing Patient Zero.

The film won the American Historical Association’s 2020 John E. O’Connor Award for outstanding presentation of history through film.

McKay is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. He is trained as both an academic historian and a professional coach, and has expertise in the history of epidemics, public health, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections. His research has been published in the journals Nature and the Bulletin of the History of Medicine.

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