Pulling Together, Breaking Apart: Covid and the Power of Community

Presented by:
  • Beth Lown
  • Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH

Please join Schwartz Center Chief Medical Officer Beth Lown, MD, for a conversation with Nicholas Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH. Dr. Christakis is the Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale University, Fellow of the National Academy of Medicine, bestselling author, physician, sociologist, public health expert and social network scientist. He is the author of many books including Apollo’s Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live (2020) and Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society (2019). During this session, we will explore how, despite a human history replete with violence and polarization, we cannot escape our social blueprint for goodness. Dr. Christakis will discuss how the evolution of humankind has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for love, friendship, cooperation, and learning – all fundamental to our collective sense of purpose and compassion. 

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