Pandemics in Historical Perspective: An Online Discussion

October 26, 2020 @ 7 PM

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COVID-19 is a global pandemic on a scale not seen for over a century. Beyond its human toll, it has brought economic chaos, social change, and huge burdens on everyday life.

And yet we’ve been here before. From cholera to Spanish Flu to coronavirus, global pandemics are the great forgotten sagas of history, reshaping society in their deadly wake.

Join us for a lively online panel focusing on historical perspectives, the challenges of the current crisis, and building stronger, more resilient communities as we learn from these difficult times.

  • How did past generations cope with the experience of pandemics?
  • What lessons can be drawn at the community level?
  • What are the prospects for economic recovery, cultural reinvention, and civic leadership?


  • Dr. Matthew Smith, Michael J. Colligan History Project (moderator)
  • Dr. Susan Spellman: Miami University Regionals
  • Dr. Jim Harris: The Ohio State University
  • Mr. Ian MacKenzie-Thurley: Executive Director, Fitton Center for Creative Arts
  • Mr. Joshua Smith: City Manager (City of Hamilton)
  • Ms. Kathy Creighton: Executive Director, Butler County Historical Society

Brief panel comments will be followed by moderated audience Q & A.

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