Pandemic Politics & the Viral Underclass: Steven Thrasher at Cornell University

Buffalo Street Books is proud to partner with the Cornell University Africana Studies & Research Center to coordinate on-campus book sales for Pandemic Politics and the Viral Underclass.

Why do the same groups of people continuously become infected by and die from viruses, even very different viruses? In his new book The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide, Northwestern University professor Steven W. Thrasher draws upon a decade of research on HIV/AIDS, Covid-19 and monkeypox to show how social structures (such as racism, ableism and homophobia) are the drivers of epidemics. Dr. Thrasher will present on his work and be in conversation with Professor Riché Richardson, whose class on bell hooks he audited in 2013 at the African Studies and Research Center.

About the Author:
Steven W. Thrasher, PhD. holds the inaugural Daniel H. Renberg chair at Northwestern University’s Medill School, the first journalism professorship in the world created to focus on LGBTQ+ research. He is also a faculty member of Northwestern’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. His writing has been widely published by Scientific American, The New York Times, Nation, The Atlantic, The Journal of American History, BuzzFeed News, Esquire and New York Magazine. In 2019, Out magazine named him one of the 100 most influential and impactful people of the year and in 2020, the Ford Foundation awarded him a grant for Creativity and Free Expression. An alumnus of media jobs with Saturday Night Live, the HBO film The Laramie Project and the NPR StoryCorps project, Dr. Thrasher has been a staff writer for the Village Voice and a columnist for The Guardian. He holds a PhD. in American Studies and lives in Chicago, New York and in motels at the end of runways. The Viral Underclass is his first book; it has received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and has been named one of the best books of the summer or fall by Amazon, Apple, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly. Twitter: @thrasherxy. 

Masks will be mandatory.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
Africana Studies & Research Center, Multipurpose Room
310 Triphammer Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
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ISBN: 9781250796639
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Published: Celadon Books - August 2nd, 2022