Last week I returned to my alma mater, Franklin & Marshall College, to introduce a speaker at their Common Hour lecture series. My new friend Seth Mnookin was the featured guest and it was great fun to spend time with him during my visit. I had been introduced to Seth on Twitter by author Rebecca Skloot and knew he would be a great fit for the school’s series and suggested him to the Center for Liberal Arts & Society committee.
Seth spent time with students on three different occasions and I know everyone judged the tour a success. Seth primarily talked about his new(ish) book The Panic Virus which focuses on the irrational fear surrounding the MMR vaccine. I encourage you to read this book; issues of myth, fear, public policy, and expert knowledge are all at play in this fascinating and well-researched piece.
If you are interested in seeing Seth’s talk, including my introduction and the student question/answer segment, you can watch it by clicking here.