You’re Invited: An Evening with Dr. Nicholas Christakis on May 18, 2023


UHERO is excited to host Nicholas Christakis (Yale University) to present a public talk in networks and health. Dr. Christakis’s lecture, which features his latest book Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society, is open to the public.

The lecture will take place on May 18 at 6:30pm. The event will be held at John A. Burns School of Medicine, MEB 315, Auditorium on UH Mānoa Campus.

Event Sponsors: Department of Economics, Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, Honolulu Civil Beat, Kamehameha Schools, The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Scholars Strategy Network, The Queen’s Health Systems, University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization

About the Speaker:

Nicholas A. Christakis is a distinguished physician and social scientist at Yale University who studies how social interactions and networks influence our biology and health. He leads the Human Nature Lab and co-directs the Yale Institute for Network Science. He holds the Sterling Professorship of Social and Natural Science at Yale and has appointments in multiple departments, including Sociology, Medicine, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Biomedical Engineering, and the School of Management.

Dr. Christakis has received several prestigious awards throughout his career, including being elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2006, the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017. He was also recognized by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2009 and has been listed by Foreign Policy magazine as one of their Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009 and 2010.

Dr. Christakis has been conducting research for over thirty years and has authored more than 400 publications and books that span the fields of social sciences, public health, and medicine. His primary focus has been on social networks and health, with his paper “The Spread of Obesity in a Large Social Network Over 32 Years” published in the New England Journal of Medicine being cited almost 7000 times. His book “Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives” describes his research that has made front-page news about how individuals influence one another in areas such as obesity, happiness, politics, and relationships. The book has been translated into twenty languages. Furthermore, at the beginning of the pandemic, he published his latest book, “Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society,” which has already been scheduled for translation into various languages and is the main topic of the UH Better Tomorrow Speakers series.