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Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician in Flint, was among the first people to notice elevated lead levels in her patients. She immediately started to conduct research, and soon uncovered a widespread pattern–and one of the most catastrophic public health crises in U.S. History. hannah attisha

In her book What The Eyes Don’t See, Dr. Mona, as she’s come to be called, narrates how she exposed the ongoing Flint Water Crisis and fought the unethical actions of government officials. Starting with case studies of children who drank contaminated water, she showed Flint residents were being exposed to toxic levels of lead and other hazardous chemicals.

What The Eyes Don’t See will be highlighted at libraries and schools around the state in 2019 and 2020 as part of the Great Michigan Read, a project of the Michigan Humanities Council. The program’s goal is to invoke a statewide conversation on humanitarian issues, centered around a common book.

Dr. Hanna-Attisha will visit Ypsilanti in October, and YDL will host several related programs this fall, including discussions on the state of PFAS contamination here in Washtenaw County and a lecture on the future of the Great Lakes. Multiple copies of her book will be available at all locations.

Learn more about Dr. Attisha and her humanitarian efforts, at her personal website.


To see Dr. Hanna-Attisha, be sure to register online here, or call (734) 482-4110 x1377.


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Meet Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Monday, October 21, 10am

WCC Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Drive

Dr. Mona will read from What The Eyes Don’t See and discuss her work to address the impacts of the Flint Water Crisis and stop lead contamination nationwide. Sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council.


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