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May 3, 2019

Reminder: Watch two K-Staters' story in free advance screening of THE HOT ZONE on May 7

Submitted by Division of Communications and Marketing


Kansas State University will host a May 7 advance screening and panel discussion of National Geographic's upcoming limited series called THE HOT ZONE. The series was inspired by the story of two Kansas State University veterinarians and leaders: Nancy and Jerry Jaax. 

The event, also sponsored by K-State Student Union Program Council, will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in Forum Hall in the K-State Student Union. The screening of the premiere of THE HOT ZONE will be followed by a panel discussion with the real-life subjects of the series, Nancy and Jerry Jaax, along with the showrunners, writers and executive producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders.  

The event is free and open to the public. The advance screening will be the first screening following the show’s debut at the Tribeca Film Festival.  

Visit k-state.edu/hotzone to watch a trailer and read more about the K-State connections to the upcoming National Geographic series. THE HOT ZONE is based on the 1994 best-seller by Richard Preston and is inspired by the true story of the arrival of Ebola on U.S. soil in 1989 in Reston, Virginia. 

The six-part limited series premieres on National Geographic at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 27, and will air over three nights. Julianna Margulies plays Lt. Col. Nancy Jaax and Noah Emmerich plays Lt. Col. Jerry Jaax.