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Putting Coronavirus in Context: A History of Disease and Epidemics

Daily headlines inform us of the sweeping movement of the coronavirus. What can recent epidemics of SARS, Ebola, and Zika tell us about how to respond to this crisis? Students of all ages have questions about what is happening, and lessons from past epidemics can help us contextualize this current event.

Join Dr. Mari Webel, assistant professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh in this special edition Humanities in Class webinar to learn about her work on the spread of diseases and epidemics. She explains how past epidemics, ranging from medieval outbreaks of bubonic plague to modern epidemics of ebola virus disease, hold valuable lessons for how we can understand the current novel coronavirus outbreak, as well as global and national responses to it.