Thursday, 28. March 2019, PAIS Building Room 290, Maryn McKenna: The Volume of Small Voices

from 28. March 2019 - 18:00 till 19:15

PAIS Building Room 290

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The Volume of Small Voices: How Parents and Chefs Challenged History and Changed U.S. Antibiotic Policy
Free and open to the public! Emory University’s Center for the Study of Human Health cordially invites you to attend a distinguished guest lecture by Maryn McKenna, author of the bestselling book, Big Chicken. Seating is limited, so reserve your FREE ticket today!
Event Summary: In January 2017, the Obama Administration, in one of its last acts in office, banned growth-promoter antibiotics from US farm use, ending a 40-year stalemate between the federal health agencies and the agricultural and pharma industries. The European Union had banned this antibiotic use more than a decade earlier, yet in the U.S., researchers and activists had battled the policy for decades with little success. The untold story of this change, which is likely to reshape food production in America, is that it was due to consumer activism, a collective effort of many actors from chefs and parents to public schools and the catering departments of major hospitals. This talk is drawn from the research behind the bestselling book Big Chicken (National Geographic Books, 2017).
Parking Directions: The nearest parking lot/garage to the event is the Peavine Parking lot/garage (29 Eagle Row, Atlanta GA 30322). There is no fee for parking in this location after 5:00 pm.
To park in the garage, turn right on Eagle Row and walk downhill to the 4-way Stop. If you park in the open lot, exit the lot and walk to the 4-way Stop. From the Stop, walk East up the hill on Dickey Dr. The PAIS building will be on your right. The event will be held in Room 290 on the 2nd floor. We will begin seating at 5:30 pm.
Speaker Biography: Maryn McKenna is an independent journalist who specializes in public health, global health, and food policy. She is a columnist for Wired’s Ideas section, a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and the author of the 2017 bestseller BIG CHICKEN: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats, which was named a best book of 2017 by Amazon, Smithsonian, Science News, Wired, Civil Eats, and other publications, and a 2018 Book All Georgians Should Read. Her earlier, award-winning books are Superbug and Beating Back the Devil. She is one of the stars of the 2014 documentary Resistance, and her 2015 TED Talk, "What do we do when antibiotics don't work any more?" has been viewed 1.6 million times and translated into 33 languages. She writes for The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Mother Jones, Newsweek, NPR, Smithsonian, Scientific American, Slate, The Atlantic, Nature, and The Guardian, among other publications. She was a 2018 Poynter Fellow in Journalism at Yale University and received the 2014 Leadership Award from the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics and the 2013 Byron H. Waksman Award for Excellence in the Public Communication of Life Sciences. She was previously a reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Boston Herald and Cincinnati Enquirer, and lives in Atlanta. Please visit for more information about the speaker.
You will receive a confirmation email with your ticket after registering for the event. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Center for the Study of Human Health at or 404-727-8766.


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