Investigate infectious disease with an afternoon on Roosevelt Island

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Join us for an afternoon of talks and short films on Roosevelt Island as we investigate the history of infectious disease in New York City and learn how medical science is keeping us one sneeze away from the next pandemic.

TALK - How infectious disease shaped New York

2-3pm @ Roosevelt Island Cultural Center

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Rebecca Hayes Jacobs as we explore the complex story of New York’s long relationship with infectious disease.

Dr. Rebecca Hayes Jacobs is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York, where she co-curated Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis. Germ City explored the complex story of New York’s long relationship with infectious disease, revealing the surprising interplay between people and pathogens in an urban context. Rebecca received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. Ethnographic interviews, archival analysis, and an understanding of the built environment are all essential components of her research, teaching, and curatorial work. 

Free to attend

SCREENING - Short films on infectious disease

3-4pm @ Roosevelt Island Cultural Center

We’ve selected a series of short films from a mix of amateur and award-winning directors to take you on a journey through the world of viruses and vaccines.

  • Screenings are free to attend
  • Total length is approximately 55 minutes


Learn more about the films here.

Talks and films are free to attend. Limited places!

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WALKING TOUR - Medical History of Roosevelt Island


Join this walking tour exploring the medical history of Roosevelt Island. Hear about the research facilities, maternity hospital and rehabilitation center that were groundbreaking in their fields.

Led by Judith Berdy, president of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, this 90 minute walking tour tells the history of the abandoned hospitals, lunatic asylum and laboratories on the island and their role in the health of New York.

  • Tours take approximately 90 minutes
  • Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes!


For more information and to book click here.

Event Detail

09/08/2019 2:00 pm
09/08/2019 4:00 pm