Nicholas Christakis with Dr. Vivek Murthy: The Enduring Impact Of Coronavirus

Commonwealth Club of California

Streamed live on Oct 28, 2020
Nicholas Christakis is a physician and sociologist at Yale University who explores the ancient origins and modern implications of human nature. Christakis’ research focuses on the social, mathematical and biological rules that form social networks as well as the implications of human connection that influences thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

In his new book Apollo’s Arrow, Christakis explores the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in America and the implications that will follow in the coming years. Christakis uses a range of disciplines to unpack the effects of a modern pandemic, including historical epidemics, contemporary analyses and trailblazing scientific research. The coronavirus pandemic and the epidemics that have come before it, though mostly unknown territory to those alive today, is fundamental to the human biological experience.

Join Christakis and former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy for a conversation about adaptation, survival and the rapid change we’ve undergone in 2020.


This program is generously supported by: The Ken & Jackie Broad Family Fund

Murthy photo by Meredith Nierman

WED, OCT 28 / 5:30 PM PDT

Nicholas Christakis
Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science, Yale University; Author, Apollo’s Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live; Twitter @NAChristakis

In Conversation with Dr. Vivek Murthy
Former U.S. Surgeon General; Author, Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World; Twitter @vivek_murthy

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