UM College Discusses Zika Virus in Fourth Annual Dialogue

April 11, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will host a discussion about the impact of epidemics in the 21st century on Thursday, April 14, as part of a College of Humanities and Sciences lecture series.

“Epidemic Measures: Zika, Humanity and the 21st Century” will be held at 7 p.m. in Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 110. The event is an installment of the college’s A Dialogue in the Humanities and Sciences series.

The discussion will focus on the emergence of the Zika virus, its effect on local and global communities, and government and organizational response. It will feature communication studies Associate Professor Joel Iverson, biochemistry Professor Steve Lodmell and sociology Associate Professor Teresa Sobieszczyk. The dialogue will be moderated by UM alumnus and freelance journalist Jeremy N. Smith, who recently authored the acclaimed book “Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients.”

“Each spring the College gathers to recognize our exceptional teachers and to engage in a discussion of societal importance from both scientific and humanistic perspectives,” said acting dean Jenny McNulty. “Our dialogue this year promises to be engaging and incredibly timely, complete with an all-star cast of faculty and alumni specialists.”

The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided. Copies of “Epic Measures” will be available for purchase, and Smith will do a signing. The 2016 H&S Teaching Awards also will be announced.

For more information contact Ian Withrow, media and information coordinator with the college, at 406-243-2683 or email


Contact: Ian Withrow, media and information coordinator, UM College of Humanities and Sciences, 406-243-2683,