Mark Pendergrast

"Pendergrast is an affable guide on a wondrously labyrinthine tour. He explains complex phenomena with remarkable clarity, in a relaxed tone, and with a sense of humor." —Philadelphia Inquirer
"Mark Pendergrast, the ultimate free-lance journalist with an eclectic mind, writes about deceptively narrow topics that in fact have figured in world history for millennia." —Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mark Pendergrast speaks at universities, schools of public health, business conferences, management seminars, and psychological meetings. His presentations are tailored to his audience but are always entertaining, thought-provoking, and challenging. Contact him to arrange an event. Click here for links to speeches, TV, and radio appearances. Click here for comments on his presentations.

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Elder Education Enrichment talk

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Monday, November 2, 2010, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., at Faith United Methodist Church, Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT. Mark Pendergrast will talk about Inside the Outbreaks and the work of the Epidemic Intelligence Service.

League of Vermont Writers meeting

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Saturday, September 18, 2010, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Bishop Booth Center at Rock Point, Burlington, VT. Mark Pendergrast will speak to fellow members of the League of Vermont Writers about the process of researching and writing Inside the Outbreaks, as well as commenting on the current perilous state of publishing. For other speakers and information the event, see Members $38. Non-members $42. Morning Danish and beverages plus lunch included.

Burlington Book Festival

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, VT. Mark Pendergrast will talk about Inside the Outbreaks, followed by a book signing, as part of the Burlington Book Festival. For other authors, see

The Living Room, Colchester

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 7:30 p.m. — Mark Pendergrast will speak about Inside the Outbreaks and offer a slide show and video clips of his research trip to Africa at the Living Room on West Lakeshore Drive in the little mall opposite Mazza’s General Store (  Entrance fee is $10, with half of the money going to the Living Room and half to the CDC Foundation to support the work of the Epidemic Intelligence Service.  Unlike most book-related events, this literary evening offers an intimate setting — i.e., like a living room — and a more leisurely, in-depth presentation. There will be a 15 minute break for wine and cheese around 8:30 p.m., followed by a more wide-ranging informal chat about Pendergrast’s other books, the process of research, writing, and getting published, the uncertain future of the book, etc.   Limit of 30 people.  Advanced ticket reservations suggested through the Living Room website.  This will be the first of a series of such literary evenings on alternate Tuesday nights, hosted by Pendergrast.

Unitarian Universalist Church in Burlington

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Sunday, May 30, 11:30 a.m. — Mark Pendergrast will speak about Inside the Outbreaks at the Unitarian Universalist church at the head of Church Street, on Pearl Street in Burlington

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum speech

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010, 7  p.m. — In the Theater of the Carter Library & Museum (located at the Carter Center,, Atlanta native Mark Pendergrast will speak about Inside the Outbreaks, his history of the Epidemic Intelligence Service, the front-line disease detectives of the CDC.  Presentation will include photos and video clips.  Books provided by Acappella Books,

Decatur Book Festival

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. — Mark Pendergrast will be speaking at the Decatur Book Festival ( at Decatur High School in Decatur, GA, about Inside the Outbreaks and his other books.

Global Health Council Conference

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC  — Mark Pendergrast will be speaking about Inside the Outbreaks in the “Speaker’s Corner” in the Exhibition Hall of the annual Global Health Council Conference.  He will discuss the history and impact of the Epidemic Intelligence Service and will look at likely future trends and problems faced by public health practitioners.

A Generation Without Smallpox, Tewksbury, MA

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. — Mark Pendergrast will attend and sign copies of Inside the Outbreaks at “A Generation Without Smallpox,” at the Old Chapel, Tewksbury Hospital, 365 East St., Tewksbury, MA 01876.  This event celebrates the 30th anniversary of the certification of smallpox eradication and will feature those who helped make it happen.  For more information, contact Marilyn DelValle, 781-774-6733,

Phoenix Books and Cafe, Essex, VT

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010, 7 p.m. —  Mark Pendergrast will discuss Inside the Outbreaks followed by a signing at Phoenix Books and Cafe in the Essex Shoppes & Cinema Mall, 21 Essex Way, Essex, VT 05452.  Phone:  802-872-7111.