Alta Live: The Future of Quarantine (Online Event)

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 12:30pm

Presented by Alta Journal

Wed., August 11, 2021 • 12:30pm PT • Live • Online

Geoff Manaugh & Nicola Twilley in conversation with David L. Ulin

This event is being hosted through Zoom by Alta Journal. Please RSVP using the above link to receive access to the online event.


Many years before “quarantine” entered quotidian language during the COVID-19 pandemic, Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley were at work on a book about it, researching centuries of medical isolation. Released in July 2021, Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine covers the black death, Ebola, and coronaviruses, as well as agricultural diseases, nuclear contamination, and technology that could alter the practice of isolation. The authors join Alta Journal books editor David L. Ulin for a conversation on their eerily predictive research and what quarantine might look like in our future.

Geoff Manaugh is the author of A Burglar’s Guide to the City and the creator of the architecture and technology website BLDGBLOG. He regularly writes for the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, the New Yorker, Wired, and many other publications.

Nicola Twilley is the cohost of the award-winning podcast Gastropod, which looks at food through the lenses of science and history, and is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker.



Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374126582
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: MCD - July 20th, 2021