Details from the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 or the quarantines during the bubonic plague sound familiar today. In this episode, we talk to historians about how past societies dealt with disease, and what happened when a new understanding of germs revolutionized our approach but led us to overlook the larger picture of health A legal historian explains why the U.S. pandemic repose was state-centered. And an English professor looks at the AIDS epidemic, and reflects on the human right to mourn.
David Barnes, Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science
Sarah Barringer Gordon, Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History
Alexander Chase-Levenson, Assistant Professor of History
Dagmawi Woubshet, Ahuja Family Presidential Associate Professor of English
Susan Ahlborn and Jane Carroll
Theme music by Nicholas Escobar, C’18
Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions
What comes next? In this episode, we talk to an undergrad and grad student about their research, how institutions have perpetuated racial hierarchies, and the work that remains.
A professor of English, a College senior, and a sociologist share their perspectives on what it means to live under a system of environmental racism, and how to move forward toward environmental justice.