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Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha - "What the Eyes Don't See"

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha - "What the Eyes Don't See"

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 2:00pm

University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Warwick’s & University of San Diego's College of Arts & Sciences present

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Discussing & Signing

What the Eyes Don't See

Saturday, November 10th at 2:00 PM at:

University of San Diego's

Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium
5998 Alcala Park,
San Diego, CA 92110

Tickets are free, but registration is required.


  • Seating is first-come, first-served.
  • Check-in and doors open at 1:15pm. The event will start on time - please allow ample time to find parking and get to the theater.
  • Please enter campus from the west entrance and park in the west lot.
  • Books will be available for sale at the event.
  • Please print out your tickets.


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a physician, scientist, and activist who has been called to testify twice before the United States Congress, awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award from PEN America, named to Time 100, and has attracted an army of allies across the country.

By the crusading pediatrician who brought the fight for justice in Flint to the national spotlight, What the Eyes Don't See:  A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City is a powerful first-hand account of the Flint water crisis, the signature environmental disaster of our time, and a riveting narrative of personal advocacy. Here is the dramatic story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha used science to prove Flint kids were exposed to lead, and how she courageously went public with her research and faced a brutal backlash.

Flint from its beginnings has been a place of extremes, where greed meets solidarity, where bigotry meets fairness, and where the struggle for equality has played out. Flint is also where many people have been pushed down and many have risen up. This is not only a story about the water crisis, it is a story of hope. It is about how each of us, no matter who we are - or where we are, or how we ended up in this country - has the power to fix things. And that’s what Dr. Mona is trying to do now in Flint. Although to this day, Flint is still on filters and bottled water (even though government has now pulled back their funding for it) as their damaged lead pipes are being replaced, the community have rolled up their sleeves and they are building a model public health program - leaning on the incredible science of brain development - to buffer the impact of this crisis.

This means that for every child raised in a toxic environment or an unraveling community - all of which take a terrible toll on childhood development and can have lasting effects - there is hope. The people of Flint are building resilience through evidence based interventions - home visiting programs, high quality child care, head start, universal preschool, Medicaid expansion, parenting support, mobile grocery stores, school health, behavioral health, jobs, mindfulness, and a huge expansion of literacy efforts - books, especially children’s books.

A medical and scientific thriller, What the Eyes Don't See grapples with our country’s history of environmental injustice. But it also tells the unique and inspiring personal story of Dr. Mona - an immigrant, a doctor, and a scientist.  Dr. Mona is an Iraqi-American, from a country we have basically been at war with most of her life.  She was raised by dissident scientists whose family roots in social justice buoyed her through the fight for justice in Flint. Her family stories are tightly interwoven in the book, creating a gripping human portrait of advocacy and action.