PNW hosts Mona Hanna-Attisha for One Book, One University program

March 21, 2022

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) hosts author and scientist Mona Hanna-Attisha during a visit to its Hammond campus on April 7 for its annual One Book, One University program.

Hanna-Attisha will lead a discussion from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 103 of the Gyte Building about her book What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City. The event is free and open to the public.

Hanna-Attisha’s book recalls her work with researchers, parents and community leaders and their initial discovery of children being exposed to lead in tap water in Flint, Michigan. The book further details the backlash of bringing this truth to light.

Paced like a scientific thriller, What the Eyes Don’t See reveals how misguided austerity policies, broken democracy and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. At the center of the story is Hanna-Attisha herself — an immigrant, doctor, scientist and mother whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice.

PNW’s One Book, One University program advances the university’s commitment to student success by bringing together students, faculty and staff engaged in first-year experience programming across both campuses. PNW also includes other events, such as film screenings, faculty panels and guest speakers, on similar themes as the book during the academic year. More information can be found at