David Esteban

Associate Professor of Virology, Vassar College


Brad Hutton

Deputy Commissioner of Public Health, New York State Department of Health


Charles Kutler

Infectious disease specialist

moderated by

Maureen Morrow

Professor of Biology, SUNY New Paltz

Contagion— Disease outbreaks: Science, controversy, and misinformation

A panel of infectious disease and public health experts discuss how scientists approach epidemics, controversial approaches to controlling disease outbreaks, and the problem of misinformation.

Rosendale Theatre Collective Rosendale, NY

Film Synopsis

Director Steven Soderbergh’s disaster thriller follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days.

When Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns to Minnesota from a Hong Kong business trip, she attributes the malaise she feels to jet lag. However, two days later, Beth is dead, and doctors tell her husband (Matt Damon) that they have no idea what killed her. Soon, many others start to exhibit the same symptoms, and a worldwide pandemic erupts. Doctors try to contain the lethal microbe, but society begins to collapse as a blogger (Jude Law) fans the flames of paranoia.