Together: Town Hall with Vivek Murthy, 19th U.S. Surgeon General

July 30, 2020 Virtual

Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy discussed his new book, Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World, in conversation with Indiaspora Board member Sejal Hathi, M.D., M.B.A. followed by a Q&A with the audience July 30th.

Watch the full conversation on our YouTube channel and share your thoughts in the comments!

From the publisher:

Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World

by Vivek H Murthy

The book we need NOW to avoid a social recession, Murthy’s prescient message is about the importance of human connection, the hidden impact of loneliness on our health, and the social power of community.

Humans are social creatures: In this simple and obvious fact lies both the problem and the solution to the current crisis of loneliness. In his groundbreaking book, the 19th surgeon general of the United States Dr. Vivek Murthy makes a case for loneliness as a public health concern: a root cause and contributor to many of the epidemics sweeping the world today from alcohol and drug addiction to violence to depression and anxiety. Loneliness, he argues, is affecting not only our health, but also how our children experience school, how we perform in the workplace, and the sense of division and polarization in our society.

But, at the center of our loneliness is our innate desire to connect. We have evolved to participate in community, to forge lasting bonds with others, to help one another, and to share life experiences. We are, simply, better together.