Polio: A Look at America’s Most Successful Public Health Crusade

Join Pulitzer Prize winning author and New York University professor David Oshinsky for an in-depth look at the largest public health experiment in American history. Oshinsky will focus on the events leading up to the 1954 Salk polio vaccine trials and the ways in which the polio crusade revolutionized philanthropy and medical research. Oshinsky’s book Polio: An American Story won the Pulitzer Prize for History, among other awards, and influenced Bill Gates to make polio eradication the top priority of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

A part of the “History Talks! Engage the Past, in the Present, about the Future” presented by IUPUI Department of History, with support from IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, IU School of Medicine, Spirit and Place, and JBS Society. The talk will be held from 4-5:30pm on Thursday, October 19 at the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 W Ohio Street. Reserve your free tickets now before they run out!