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I Smell Death in Here- Swine Flu Outbreak of 1918 (Adult & YA) 12/4 @ 6:30
December 4, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
I Smell Death in Here
The swine flu outbreak of 1918 sickened one-third of the world’s population, killing almost five times as many people as the First World War. It was the subject of literature, songs, and conspiracy theories that persist to the present day, as well as producing some of the most strenuous (and at times ridiculous) attempts to prevent and treat disease that the world has ever seen. This presentation will center on a short history of disease in the western world, the swine flu itself, its pathology and effects, and the body of cultural works it inspired and continues to inspire.
Hamish Lutris is an Associate Professor of History and Political Science at Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut. He has worked in some of America’s premier natural and historical sites, leading hiking and historical programs. He has also lectured extensively in the United States, Europe, and Canada, presenting programs on wide-ranging historical topics, including Native American history, the Civil War, Scientific History, Social and cultural history, World War I, World War II, and the American West.