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Last Event: Monday Sept. 14 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Plagues, Epidemics and Culture: Histories of Crisis and Care, with Jeffrey Ostler

Join the Institute for Humanities Research Health Humanities Initiative for "Disease, Colonialism and Genocide in American Indian History," with Jeffrey Ostler. This event is Part 3 of Plagues, Epidemics and Culture: Histories of Crisis and Care. 

Jeffrey Ostler is Beekman Professor of Northwest and Pacific history at the University of Oregon. He is the author of "The Lakotas and the Black Hills: The Struggle for Sacred Ground" (Viking, 2010) and "Surviving Genocide: Native Nations and the United States from the American Revolution to Bleeding Kansas" (Yale, 2019).

Plagues, Epidemics and Culture: Histories of Crisis and Care

The COVID-19 pandemic has begun to permanently reshape our world; it has thrown into sharp relief the networks of care that support human flourishing and those structures that are inadequate and unjust.

But it is not the first or the only disease outbreak that has threatened human health nor disproportionally affected those already disadvantaged by established institutions and networks of care. In this series, invited humanities scholars discuss their research in the context of the current COVID-19 crisis.

Featuring scholars whose focus is on the histories and representations of epidemics, this series will explore what can be learned from historical changes in the cultures of care that arose from those crises. Speakers will also address how histories of bias, racism and colonialism are intimately bound up in the history of epidemics.

These talks will address how we might draw lessons and envision equitable futures of care for our own local and global communities.

These online events are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

Other events in the series

Priscilla Wald: Monday, Aug. 31, 121 p.m.

Rebecca Totaro: Wednesday, Sept. 2, 12:301:30 p.m.

Rana Hogarth: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 23 p.m.

*Register for any of the events in this series at the RSVP link below.


For More Information Contact:

Lauren Whitby
Institute for Humanities Research