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Coronavirus (COVID-19): The latest updates about USciences return to campus: The full plan for a phased return of employees and students:

Misher Festival of Fine Arts and HumanitiesThe 2021 Misher Visiting Professor of Humanities Lecture

"The COVID-19 Lottery and Medical Humanities: Medical Ethics, Pandemic Preparedness, and Investigative Journalism" 

featuring Sheri Fink, MD, PhD, Misher Visiting Professor of Humanities

Thursday, January 21, 2021
1–2 p.m.
Webinar via Zoom. 

When regional and national healthcare systems become overwhelmed, the consequences are swift and ruthless: front-line workers are forced to make harrowing choices, such as who gets a ventilator? Dr. Fink will be interviewed by Christine Flanagan, MFA, USciences Professor of English, about her work as a medical journalist and decades of reporting from pandemic hotspots and natural disaster zones. 

USciences Book Club

book cover of Five Days at Memorial

USciences Book Club chose Dr. Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial as its January 2021 book. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend the book discussion meeting via Zoom on January 26, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. 

Please contact Jen Hasse ( with any questions 

About Dr. Fink 

Sheri FinkPulitzer-prize winning journalist and physician Dr. Sheri Fink is currently one of the nation’s most active journalists reporting on COVID-19, as well as the executive producer of the 2020 Netflix documentary series Pandemic.

Throughout 2020, Dr. Fink has worked as a correspondent for the New York Times, reporting on the COVID-19 outbreak and pandemic. Previously, her Times stories on the West Africa Ebola crisis were recognized with the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, the George Polk Award for health reporting, and the Overseas Press Club Hal Boyle Award.

Dr. Fink’s book Five Days at Memorial ( narrates a harrowing account of five days at New Orleans’ Memorial Hospital in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Five Days at Memorial was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award, Ridenhour Book Prize, J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award, American Medical Writers Association Medical Book Award, and NASW Science in Society Journalism Book Award. Her story "The Deadly Choices at Memorial," co-published by ProPublica and the New York Times Magazine, received a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and a National Magazine Award for reporting. 
A former relief worker in disaster and conflict zones, Fink received her MD and PhD from Stanford University. Her first book, War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival (PublicAffairs), is about medical professionals under siege during the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina. 


Christine Flanagan 


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