A book talk by Simon Schama, Foreign Bodies: Pandemics, Vaccines, and the Health of Nations
In March 2020, as the COVID-19 virus spread, the world shut down in a way that felt unprecedented. In fact, that was far from the case. In his gripping new book, Columbia history and art-history professor Simon Schama chronicles some of the infectious diseases — from smallpox to cholera to the bubonic plague — that have crippled societies and the scientific advances that saved them. It’s an inspiring collection, full of human ingenuity and courage, and a welcome reminder of the power of vaccines and of collective action.