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Lecture | Nancy Bristow: Pandemic Then (and Now): COVID-19 through the Lens of the 1918 Influenza Crisis
WhenTuesday, Jun 2, 2020, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
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In 1918 an influenza pandemic swept around the globe.  Some 50-100 million people died worldwide, 675,000 of them Americans.  As we experience our own pandemic in 2020, the parallels are striking.  Professor Nancy Bristow will explore Americans’ differential experiences with the 1918 pandemic as well as the public health and popular reactions that emerged in response to the scourge, and will suggest some insights this history offers as we face the complex challenges and choices COVID-19 is presenting to our local, national, and global communities. 

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Dr. Nancy K. Bristow is a professor of history at the University of Puget Sound where she teaches courses in twentieth-century United States history, with an emphasis on race, catastrophe, and social change. She also serves as a member of the leadership team for the Race & Pedagogy Institute.  She is the author of Making Men Moral: Social Engineering during the Great War (NYU 1996), American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic (Oxford, 2012), and the recent Steeped in the Blood of Racism: Black Power, Law and Order, and the 1970 Shootings at Jackson State College (Oxford, 2020).…
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