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Author, Journalist & Lecturer Nina Burleigh FR’08

Updated: Jun 15, 2021

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

You can watch the Webinar on the San Diego Explorers Club Youtube channel here:

All of our lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. What happened this last year? How could the US Government done a better job in dealing with the Pandemic and what lessons can we learn for the future? Could we face another world-wide Pandemic of the same or bigger scale of what we just experienced down the road? Explorers Club Fellow Nina Burleigh FR’08 has answered those questions and many more in her recently published book entitled: “Virus: Vaccinations, the CDC, and the Hijacking of America's Response to the Pandemic.” The book is the only close analysis of our pandemic year revealing how the confluence of key government missteps, behind-the-scenes deal brokering, staggering dismissal of decades of scientific progress, conspiracy theories, and further malfeasance were behind hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths.

As Explorers Club members, we believe in the scientific method and utilizing accurate data to drive our actions. Unfortunately, this process was not followed by many in leadership this past year as detailed in Nina’s book. Join San Diego Chapter Chair Char Glacy MN’09, and Southern California Chapter Co-Chair and Public Health Expert David Dolan MED’03 for a Zoom Webinar on Tuesday, June 8 at 6:00 pm PST for a lively discussion with Nina about her latest book. We will also discuss some of her other writings of interest to Explorers which focused upon Middle East Archaeology, the illegal trade of stolen artifacts and the founding of the Smithsonian Museums among other topics.

Nina Burleigh is a reporter and author of six prior books, including most recently “The Trump Women: Part of the Deal” and the New York Times bestseller "The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Italian Trials of Amanda Knox," of which Tim Egan wrote: "Clear-eyed, sweeping, honest and tough … sets a standard that any of the other chroniclers of this tale have yet to meet. This is what long-form journalism is all about." She most recently covered America under Donald Trump as national politics correspondent at Newsweek. She got her start in journalism covering the Illinois Statehouse in Springfield, IL, and is a fellow of the Explorers Club who has covered stories on six continents. Burleigh’s writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Time, New York, The New York Times Magazine, Slate and Bustle. She has appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher, Good Morning America, Nightline, The Today Show, 48 Hours, on MSNBC, CNN and C-Span, NPR, in numerous documentaries, podcasts and radio programs. A former judge for the J. Anthony Lukas prize for nonfiction, Burleigh is an adjunct professor at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Her work has been cited in hundreds of scholarly articles. Those of us who attended the successful Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner in Santa Barbara in 2016 remember Nina Burleigh as the Master of Ceremonies for this significant Explorers Club event.

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