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March 24, 2021 • 5:00-6:00pm

Perri E. Klass, MD

A Good Time to Be Born: How Science and Public Health Gave Children a Future
About Perri

Perri Klass is Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics at New York University and Co-Director of NYU Florence. She attended Harvard Medical School and completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, Boston. She writes the weekly column, “The Checkup,” for the New York Times Science Section. She has written extensively about medicine, children, literacy, and knitting. Her new book, A Good Time to Be Born: How Science and Public Health Gave Children a Future, is an account of how victories over infant and child mortality have changed the world.

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April 21, 2021 • 5:00-6:00pm

Chelsea Wald

Pipe Dreams: The Urgent Global Quest to Transform the Toilet
About Chelsea

Chelsea Wald has repeatedly plunged into the topic of toilets since 2013, when editors first approached her to write about the latent potential in our stagnating infrastructure. Since then she has traveled to Italy, South Africa, Indonesia, and Haiti, as well as throughout the Netherlands and the United States, in search of the past and future of toilet systems. With a degree in astronomy from Columbia University and a master's in journalism from Indiana University, Chelsea has fifteen years of experience of writing about science and the environment. She has won several awards and reporting grants, including from the Society of Environmental Journalists, the European Geosciences Union, and the European Journalism Centre. She co-founded and continues to help coordinate the DC Science Writers Association Newsbrief Awards for short science writing. She lives with her family in the Netherlands, in a region renowned for its water-related innovations. Pipe Dreams is her first book.

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We'd like to send a special thank you to Georgia Center for the Book for being the official sponsors of the Spring 2021 Living Health: Author Q&A Series.