Dornsife Dialogues: Pandemic Preparedness: What Went Wrong and What Have We Learned?

Wednesday, April 29 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Why weren’t we better prepared for the COVID-19 outbreak and what can we learn from our current ordeal to be better prepared for the next pandemic?

Join USC Dornsife’s Andrew Lakoff and Nils Gilman, Vice President of Programs at the Berggruen Institute, in discussion with journalist and author Mark Perry to gain new insights into how the U.S. did and didn’t prepare for COVID-19. Lakoff, Professor of Sociology and Divisional Dean of Social Sciences, is the author of Unprepared: Global Health in a Time of Emergency, in which he describes the challenges of properly anticipating and preparing for biological threats. Gilman previously worked as Associate Chancellor at the University of California Berkeley and as Research Director and scenario planning consultant at the Monitor Group and Global Business Network. Perry is a contributing editor at The American Conservative and writes for Politico and Foreign Policy. His latest book is titled The Pentagon’s Wars

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