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Eberhard L. Faber Class of 1915 Memorial Lecture in Literature: A Long History of Pandemics

Yale University

November 7, 2023 · 4:30 pm6:00 pm · 010 East Pyne

Wai Chee Dimock

A tangled narrative of science, politics, and human communities, beginning with smallpox in the 18th century and extending to the COVID vaccination landscape of our own time, with some discussion of AI along with RFK Jr.

Wai Chee Dimock writes about public health, climate change, and indigenous communities, focusing on the symbiotic relation between human and nonhuman intelligence. She is now at Harvard’s Center for the Environment, working on a new book, “AI, Microbes, and Us: Risky Partners in an Age of Pandemics and Climate Change.” A collaborative project, “AI for Climate Resilience,” is co-sponsored by Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Inteligence and Yale’s Jackson School of Global Affairs

Dimock’s most recent book is Weak Planet (2020). Other books include Through Other Continents: American Literature Across Deep Time (2006); Shades of the Planet (2007); and a team-edited anthology, American Literature in the World: Anne Bradstreet to Octavia Butler ( 2017). Her 1996 book, Residues of Justice: Literature, Law, Philosophy, was reissued in a new edition in 2021. Her essays have appeared in Artforum, Chronicle of Higher Education, The Hill, Los Angeles Review of Books, New York Times, New Yorker, and Scientific American.

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