Vaccination discussion at main library

The ethics, science, and fears of vaccination will be the topic of a session with Eula Biss and Laurie Zoloth on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room of the Main Evanston Public Library.

The session is co-sponsored by the library and Northwestern University’s Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.. 

People avoid vaccinations for various reasons, ranging from fear that vaccines will damage their immune systems to suspicions about components in the vaccines. Eula Biss, author of On Immunity, and Laurie Zoloth, Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine, will address the ethics of vaccine refusal, the fears surrounding vaccination, and the idea that for others, access to vaccination remains an unrealized goal.

Eula Biss is the author of three books: On Immunity: An Inoculation, Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays, and The Balloonists. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and The Believer. She teaches writing at Northwestern.

The New York Times Book Review selected On Immunity as one of the 10 Best Books of 2014.

Laurie Zoloth is Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at the Feinberg School of Medicine, and Professor of Religion and a member of the Jewish Studies faculty at Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Science.

As a Charles McCormick Deering Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern, she was the founding Director of the Center for Bioethics, Science and Society and of the Brady Program in Ethics and Civic Life. 


This discussion is part of the Evanston Northwestern Humanities Lectures Series (ENHLS), a partnership of Evanston Public Library and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities. 

The series brings members of the Northwestern faculty to share and discuss cutting-edge research with the public at the Evanston Public Library.

Participants can register online or by calling (847) 448-8620. 

Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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