What is the single most dramatic change in all of human history? Richard Conniff has an idea about that. Join us at the Lyme Public Hall (249 Hamburg Rd. in Lyme) at 4:00 pm on Sunday, October 8 to hear all about it as Conniff explains the research in his brand new book, “Ending Epidemics,” exploring how scientists saved humanity from the deadliest infectious diseases, thus doubling average human life expectancy in less than a century. Conniff’s book tells the story behind “the mortality revolution,” the dramatic transformation not just in our longevity, but in the character of childhood, family life, and human society. Can this history help us to prepare ourselves for more future epidemics?
“Ending Epidemics” has been chosen as a Next Big Idea Club feature. Richard Conniff is a National Magazine Award-winning writer for Smithsonian magazine, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and other publications, and a past Guggenheim Fellow. He has authored many successful books and has been a commentator on NPR’s Marketplace as well as a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times.