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.

Speech on coffee history and culture

December 2nd, 2010

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, 7 p.m., Starbucks Olive Way store, 1600 East Olive Way, Seattle, WA. Mark Pendergrast will be speaking about his book, Uncommon Grounds, which has just come out in a revised, updated edition. The presentation is free and open to the public. 206-568-5185.

The Impact of the EIS

December 2nd, 2010

Thursday, Dec. 16, 1 p.m., Foege Auditorium, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Mark Pendergrast will speak about the history of the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service and its impact on public health, based on his book, Inside the Outbreaks. EIS officers are the front-line disease detectives of the CDC, and EIS graduates are among the leaders of the world of public health (including Bill Foege, for whom the auditorium is named). The presentation is free and open to the public. Located in the Foege Building, southeast corner of Pacific Street and 15th Ave NE in Seattle.