The first in our weekly live-streaming series of A&H talks and presentations about COVID-19 and related phenomena.
April 14 Faculty Guests and Topics:
Colin Elliott (History, IUB): On the Antonine plague of Rome and the privilege of quarantine.
Ann G. Carmichael (History, IUB): On the Italian Plague of 1629-1631, public memory, and the scales of great epidemics.
Kalani Craig (History, IUB): On the “Black Death” and computer simulations of plague.
William H. Schneider (History, IUPUI): On lessons learned from HIV/AIDS.
The program is designed to show how the arts and humanities can provide useful perspectives and frameworks for understanding and addressing the current historical crisis. The talks will cover everything from the disease itself to its historical, cultural, social, and experiential dimensions. Each one will begin with a significant object (a poem, painting, a city, a mask, an egg carton, etc.) and expand from there. This object-based approach will give our public audience a much-needed hook to access the ideas in the talk and potentially discuss and share them with others.
Panelists will include faculty from IU Bloomington, IUPUI, and other experts from around the Hoosier state, chosen in collaboration with Indiana Humanities.