Dr. Mona to visit campus Feb. 25 for CMU Speaker Series

A cover of Dr. Mona's book, "What the Eyes Don't See." (Courtesy Photo | University Communications)

Central Michigan University is hosting Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician whose work helped expose the Flint Water Crisis in 2014.

Hanna-Attisha, commonly known as Dr. Mona, will be speaking in the CMU Speaker Series, hosted by CMU's Program Board. Her speech is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Feb. 25 in Plachta Auditorium.

Since 2014, Dr. Mona has been called to testify twice before the U.S. Congress, was named one of Time Magazine's Most Influential People of 2016 and was awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the freedom of expression through literature.

Biology faculty member Scott McNaught recruited Dr. Mona as a part of the "Wellness" theme the Speaker Series had in 2019. Due to scheduling conflicts, Dr. Mona was not available until the Spring 2020 semester.

"Water is the basis of our life. We need water to survive and we need to be able to trust that it's safe," McNaught said. "This isn't just Flint. We need to pay attention to what's going on around us."