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Simon Schama

Foreign Bodies

Hay Festival 2022, 

Simon Schama, University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University, presents his forthcoming book Foreign Bodies: Pandemics, Vaccines and the Health of Nations, about Waldemar Haffkine, a Russian Jew who created vaccines against cholera and the bubonic plague before becoming the subject of ‘the Little Dreyfus affair’ when accused of contaminating a vial of plague vaccine causing deaths in a Punjabi village in 1902. Simon Schama is the author of 19 books and the writer-presenter of more than 50 BBC documentaries on history and art history.

Simon Schama