Philip Zelikow — Lessons from the Covid War: An Investigative Report - with Charity Dean and John Barry — at Conn Ave

Upcoming Event
Wednesday, May 3, 2023 - 7:00pm

Our national leaders have drifted into treating the pandemic as though it were an unavoidable natural catastrophe, repeating a depressing cycle of panic followed by neglect. So a remarkable group of practitioners and scholars from many backgrounds came together determined to discover and learn lessons from this latest world war. Lessons from the Covid War is plain-spoken and clear sighted. It cuts through the enormous jumble of information to make some sense of it all and answer: What just happened to us, and why? And crucially, how, next time, could we do better? Because there will be a next time. The Covid war showed Americans that their wondrous scientific knowledge had run far ahead of their organized ability to apply it in practice. Improvising to fight this war, many Americans displayed ingenuity and dedication. But they struggled with systems that made success difficult and failure easy. This book shows how Americans can come together, learn hard truths, build on what worked, and prepare for global emergencies to come.

Philip Zelikow is the former executive director of the 9/11 Commission and the Carter-Ford Commission on Federal Election Reform. He is the White Burkett Miller Professor of History at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Charity Dean is the CEO, Founder, and Chairman of The Public Health Company (PHC), a venture-backed Silicon Valley technology startup. In August 2020 Dr. Dean founded PHC, envisioning a commercial-grade global biosecurity platform to empower enterprises to manage biorisk at scale. Dr. Dean’s obsession with building a new solution was born out of 24 years in public health and the recognition that Silicon Valley innovations in AI & ML could birth this entirely new capability. Prior, Dr. Dean served as the Assistant Director for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) where she was part of the executive team under Governor Newsom running the COVID-19 pandemic response. She co-founded and co-chaired California’s COVID-19 Testing Task Force. In 2019, Dr. Dean served as Acting State Public Health Officer at CDPH, with 4,300 staff and an annual operating budget of $3.2 billion. Prior to that, she served as the Public Health Officer for Santa Barbara County and oversaw a myriad of disease outbreaks and biological threats; she also served as attending physician for TB, HIV, and homeless medicine at the Santa Barbara Health Care Centers. Dr. Dean was awarded Physician of the Year in 2018 by the Central Coast Medical Association and honored as one of the Women of the Year by the California State Legislature. She holds a Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Oregon State University.

John M. Barry is an award-winning author of six books, two of which have involved him in policy making. The National Academies of Science named his 2004 book The Great Influenza  the year's best book on science or medicine and it was a #1 New York Times best-seller, while the Society of American Historians named his earlier book Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America the year’s best book of American history and in 2005 the New York Public Library named Rising Tide one of the 50 best books—whether poetry, fiction, or non-fiction-- in the preceding 50 years. His articles have appeared in such scientific journals as Nature and Journal of Infectious Disease as well as The New York Times, Esquire, Fortune, Time, and The Washington Post, and he has been a guest on every broadcast network in the United States, appearing on such shows as NBC’s Meet the Press, PBS The News Hour, Fox Evening News, and NPR’s All Things Considered. Currently Distinguished Scholar at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, he lives in New Orleans.

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This event is free with first come, first served seating.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
Lessons from the Covid War: An Investigative Report By Covid Crisis Group Cover Image
ISBN: 9781541703803
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: PublicAffairs - April 25th, 2023