Pandemics in Historical Perspective (Prerecorded)Helen Valier
As we enter a new stage in our pandemic emergency response with the roll out of new vaccines and treatments, it’s a good time to take stock of what we might learn from how pandemics in history have eased or ended. How might we use history to break apart and better understand what can, understandably, seem like a unique and unprecedented mess of politics and polemics that we currently see all around us? Are public responses to contagious infectious disease always so fraught and fractious; and, if so, why? In this lecture we’ll explore these questions in their historical contexts and in doing so show how history might and can better explain our present condition and point to a (hopefully) brighter future.
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