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What the Eyes Don't See

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    MSU Alumni Office 

  • Published:

    March 19, 2021

A Conversation With Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Join us April 29 from 6-7 p.m. ET for a live, virtual conversation with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, physician, activist and author of the Great Michigan Read, "What the Eyes Don’t See."

This event is presented by the MSU Alumni Office Spartan Book Club and marks the conclusion of the 2019-2020 Great Michigan Read.

Dr. Aron Sousa, interim dean, College of Human Medicine, will lead a conversation with Dr. Mona, associate professor, College of Human Medicine. You’ll hear the story of how Dr. Mona stood up to government officials who dismissed the Flint water crisis and how she and a small team of advocates got the government to pay attention and take action. The conversation will conclude with an opportunity for viewers to ask questions.  

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

Register by April 27

About the Book and Author

“Here is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alongside a team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water — and then battled her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world...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.”

– Penguin Random House, publisher of "What the Eyes Don’t See."

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is the founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint. Currently an associate professor of pediatrics and human development at the MSU College of Human Medicine, she has been named one of "Time" magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts. She was one of the first to question if lead was leaching from the city’s water pipes after an emergency manager switched the city’s water supply to the Flint River in 2014.

"What the Eyes Don’t See" was chosen as the 2019-2020 Great Michigan Read. The Great Michigan Read creates a statewide discussion around the humanities themes of a selected book. The Great Michigan Read is presented by Michigan Humanities and supported by national, statewide, and local partners, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Meijer Foundation.


What the Eyes Don't See

Win a Copy of the Book

If you register before April 13, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a copy of "What the Eyes Don’t See."