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Denialism is a Virus, Too: The Toms River Childhood Cancer Cluster As Seen From 2021 with Dan Fagin [Video]

Denialism is a Virus, Too: The Toms River Childhood Cancer Cluster As Seen From 2021 with Dan Fagin

The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
and the
Hofstra Cultural Center
in conjunction with
The KAVLI Foundation

The extraordinary decades-long saga of pollution and cancer in a New Jersey shore town has never felt more timely than in 2021, when we are all experiencing both the power and the frustrating limitations of science and of journalism in the face of widespread denialism. The Toms River story is both a cautionary tale and a possible path forward out of our current predicament, with good journalism and good science leading the way.

Dan Fagin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who writes frequently about environmental science, Dan Fagin is also a science journalism professor at New York University. His bestselling book, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer for General Nonfiction, as well as the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, the National Academies Science Book Award and the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Rachel Carson Environment Book Award, among other honors. A rave review in the New York Times described Toms River as “great journalism” and “a new classic of science reporting.” Dan’s recent publications include The New York Times, Scientific American, The Washington Post, Nature and Slate. His new book project is about monarch butterflies and the future of biodiversity in the Anthropocene.

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