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CANCELLED: One Book, One Community: Meet Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Physician Who Helped Discover the Flint, Michigan Water Crisis

February 21, 2020

Using the guidance of public health experts about coronavirus (COVID-19), The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College are taking a proactive approach to protect the health and well-being of the campus and community. We have reevaluated previously scheduled, non-essential campus events out of an abundance of caution. Based on that review, we have cancelled the One Book, One Community Author Discussion and Book Signing scheduled for April 13th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Members of the community are invited to participate in One Book, One Community, a free community book club hosted by The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) in partnership with the public library systems of Licking County, the Licking County Foundation, the Licking County Health Department, United Way of Licking County and Denison University. Participants will read What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance and Hope in an American City by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, and then meet for a discussion and book signing with the author to kick off National Library Week on Monday, April 13, 6 p.m. in the Ohio State Newark/COTC John Gilbert Reese Center, 1209 University Drive, Newark.

What the Eyes Don’t See is the inspiring story of how Dr. Hanna-Attisha, alongside a team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water—and then battled her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, the book reveals how misguided austerity policies, broken democracy and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Hanna-Attisha herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist and mother whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice.

It is a riveting account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of hope, the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination and the right to build a better world for their—and all of our—children. What the Eyes Don’t See was chosen as one of The New York Times Book Review’s ‘100 Notable Books of 2018.’

Complimentary copies of the book are available to the first 150 registrants. Books may be picked up at the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center and in the Advancement Office in the John Gilbert Reese Center located on the COTC/Ohio State Newark campus, any of the public libraries in Licking County, the Licking County Health Department or at the United Way of Licking County. A limited number of free e-books and e-audio-books are available to download through any of the public libraries in Licking County. All public libraries in Licking County will also have various formats available for check-out with your library card.

Copies will be available for purchase at the Newark campus Barnes & Noble bookstore. Register to attend this event at any public library in Licking County, at the Warner Library, the Licking County Health Department or contact Laura Walsh at 740-364-9514 or

One Book, One Community is made possible through the Melissa Warner Bow endowed fund. Denison University, Explore Licking County, the Licking County Foundation and the United Way of Licking County are sponsoring this year’s event as well. “What the Eyes Don’t See” is also this year’s Common Book being read by all first-year students at Ohio State Newark.

Learn more about Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and her book at:

Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors.