In this 90-minute event, take a virtual tour of some of the most extraordinary, important, but little-known sites of quarantine around the world.
Join Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley, authors of the forthcoming book Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine (July 20, 2021), for an introduction to quarantine’s past, present, and future. We’ll travel the globe virtually, taking a look at sites of quarantine from ruined lazarettos around the Mediterranean Sea to an experimental Ebola isolation unit in London, from a suburban greenhouse charged with safeguarding the world’s chocolate supply to a vast underground salt mine where the United States is burying nuclear waste.
Twilley and Manaugh, who spent years researching and exploring quarantine before COVID-19, are the perfect guides to make sense of this past year—and our new reality. While peeking inside the curious, typically off-limits spaces in which we keep people, plants, astronauts, and animals until proven safe, we'll explore how quarantine has shaped borders, passports, and mythology; how it’s been used to protect Earth from extraterrestrial life; and what quarantine might look like over scales longer than human civilization itself. This event will be interactive, with plenty of time for questions and conversation.
In addition to our basic ticket for the experience, we are also offering a ticket + book pre-order bundle. This includes a ticket to the Exploring Quarantine event on 06/24, as well as a copy of Geoff and Nicola's new book, Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine, which will be sent to you (shipping included) after its release on July 20, 2021. (Book pre-orders will be fulfilled by Brooklyn-based independent bookstore, Books Are Magic, and will be sent out via priority mail on or soon after the book's 7/20 release date. Price includes shipping. Book orders can only be sent to addresses in the U.S. and Canada. Unfortunately, we cannot ship overseas.)
Nicola Twilley is co-host of the award-winning Gastropod podcast and a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. Her first book, Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine, is co-authored with Geoff Manaugh and will be published by MCD, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, on July 20, 2021. She is currently writing a book on the topic of refrigeration for Penguin Press. In her spare time, she makes smog meringues as part of an ongoing exploration of the taste of "aeroir" with the Center for Genomic Gastronomy.
Geoff Manaugh is the author of the New York Times bestselling book A Burglar’s Guide to the City, as well as the architecture and technology website BLDGBLOG. His newest book, Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine, written with Nicola Twilley, will be released in July 2021. Manaugh regularly writes for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Wired, and many other publications.
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