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Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Nick Licata discuss 'What the Eyes Don't See'
Monday, July 9, 2018, 7 – 8:15 p.m.
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Nick Licata discuss 'What the Eyes Don't See'
Wherenon-library location
Non-Library LocationOther
AddressLangston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryThe dramatic story of the Flint water crisis—the signature environmental disaster of our time—and an inspiring tale of scientific resistance by a relentless physician who stood up to power.
DescriptionDr. Mona will appear in conversation with Nick Licata.

Flint was already a troubled city in 2014 when the state of Michigan—in the name of austerity—shifted the source of its water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Soon after, citizens began complaining about the water that flowed from their taps—but officials rebuffed them, insisting that the water was fine. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at the city’s public hospital, took state officials at their word and encouraged the parents and children in her care to continue drinking the water—after all, it was American tap water, blessed with the state’s seal of approval.

But a conversation at a cookout with an old friend, leaked documents from a rogue environmental inspector, and the activism of a concerned mother raised red flags about lead—a neurotoxin whose irreversible effects fall most heavily on children. Even as circumstantial evidence mounted and protests grew, Dr. Mona knew that the only thing that could stop the lead poisoning was undeniable proof—and that to get it, she’d have to enter the fight of her life.

"What the Eyes Don’t See" is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona—accompanied by an idiosyncratic team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders—proved that Flint’s kids were exposed to lead and then fought her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, this book shows how misguided austerity policies, the withdrawal of democratic government, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice.

Nick Licata was a Seattle City Councilmember for 18 years, becoming Council President. In 2012 the Nation named him as Progressive Municipal Official of the Year; the Seattle Weekly named him Best Local Politician twice. He has a Masters Degree in Sociology from the University of Washington. And has authored 2 books: "Princess Bianca and The Vandals" (a children’s book) and "Becoming a Citizen Activist," which received the Gold Medal for Social Activism by Independent Publisher.

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a physician, scientist, and activist who has been called to testify twice before the United States Congress, awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America, and named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.
View in Catalog"What the Eyes Don't See" by Mona Hanna-Attisha
NotesLibrary events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.
PodcastThis event will be recorded for podcast.
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