Museum of Science and Industry


Inventive Genius Lecture: The Panic Virus

April 16, 2011



Event Essentials


  • Ages:
  • This event is suitable for all ages.
  • Date:
  • April 16, 2011
  • Time:
  • 1:00 PM
  • Tickets:
  • This Inventive Genius Lecture is FREE for Household Premium and Annual Fund members, and available to other members at discounted member rates.
  • Cost:
  • Doctorate/Donor Society: free.
    Other members: $10.
    Non-members/students must register by phone: $15 (incl. general admission).

In 1998 a British gastroenterologist published a paper with a shocking allegation: the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine might cause autism. The media seized the story and, in the process, helped launch one of the fastest-spreading health scares ever—linking childhood vaccines and autism. Join us for a lecture by former Newsweek senior journalist Seth Mnookin, author of the critically acclaimed book The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear. He will draw upon interviews with parents, public-health advocates, scientists, and anti-vaccine activists to tackle a fundamental question: How do we decide what the truth is?

Seth Mnookin is the author of The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear, which The Wall Street Journal said "should be required reading at every medical school in the world." He is also the author of the 2006 New York Times-bestseller Feeding the Monster: How Money, Smarts, and Nerve Took a Team to the Top, about the Boston Red Sox. Since 2005, Seth has been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He graduated from Harvard College in 1994 with a degree in History and Science, and was a 2004 Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. A native of Newton, Massachusetts, he and his wife currently live in Brooklyn with their six-year-old dog and their one-year-old son.

Tickets for Members

Doctorate and Donor Society Members: free.
Other member levels: $10.
Members may register online for this event.

Tickets for Non-members/Students

Non-members and students: $15 (includes general admission).
Non-members and students must register for this event by calling 773-684-1414.

This event is sponsored by the Membership Department of the Museum of Science and Industry and Chicago Council on Science and Technology.


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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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