Professor Christine Nero Coughlin (JD ’90) to discuss flu pandemic as part of ‘Dining Dilemmas’ on Tuesday, April 17

Photo of Professor Chris Coughlin

On Tuesday, April 17, students and faculty members will gather to discuss this semester’s “Dining Dilemma” topic of “Going Viral: 1918 Flu Pandemic in Winston-Salem and Beyond” from 6-8 p.m. at Reynolda House Museum of American Art. During her talk, Professor Christine Nero Coughlin (JD ’90) will explore bioethics and building community.

Each semester, Dining Dilemmas encourage students to discuss medical ethics in facilitated group discussions over a meal while they engage across class years, academic majors and career interests. This week’s event is sponsored by the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society and Department of Biology.

Following dinner, students will learn about the 1918 flu, which infected 500 million people worldwide and killed 30-50 million people. Professor Coughlin will speak at the event along with History Professor Simone Caron and Biology Professor Pat Lord in their various areas of academic expertise.

Professor Coughlin works in the Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Translational Science Institute. As a core faculty member in the Wake Forest University Center for Bioethics, Health & Science, Professor Coughlin will bring her expertise and scholarship about bioethics to this DIning Discussion.

The event is expected to attract between 50 and 75 students, according to the event page. Based on past Dining Discussion topics, the event is typically popular for students considering careers in healthcare, but is open to everyone. Previous Dining Dilemmas discussion topics have ranged from health insurance and virtual healthcare to patient rights and informed consent.