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1918 Flu Epidemic: The Real Story & What You Need to Know

August 27, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm










Amidst troubling times, it is always helpful to look to history for precedent, context, and even guidance. As our society navigates the COVID pandemic, perhaps the most important historical moment for us to look back to is the 1918-19 pandemic.

Join us as Dr. Christopher Nichols takes us back to 1918-19 to help us learn the real story of the deadliest pandemic in American history, and to provide us with some lessons for today.

This presentation will be live via Zoom Webinar. In order to attend, you must register here. When you register, you will receive an email that provides you with a link for the webinar and a passcode for entry.

Christopher Nichols is Associate Professor of History at Oregon State University. He is author of Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age (Harvard University Press).

Select Recommended Resources – These resources are provided by Dr. Nichols for further exploration of the 1918 influenza pandemic:

      • Christopher Nichols, et al, “Reconsidering the 1918–19 Influenza Pandemic in the Age of COVID-19” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (2020) – Volume 19, Issue 4 (October 2020): 1-31  – link
      • PBS American Experience “Influenza 1918” – link
      • The Influenza Encyclopedia (50 city studies!), University of Michigan — See: influenzaarchive.org
      • U.S. National Archives, Library of Congress “Influenza” Exhibit – link
      • Markel H, et al, “Nonpharmaceutical Interventions Implemented by US Cities During the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic.” JAMA. 2007;298(6):644–654. doi:10.1001/jama.298.6.644 – link
      • L. Krishnan, et al, “Historical Insights on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, and Racial Disparities: Illuminating a Path Forward,” Annals of Internal Medicine (June 2020) – link
      • Christopher McKnight Nichols in Washington Post (March 2020) and Oregonian (April 2020)
      • John Barry, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History – amazon listing
      • Nancy Bristow, American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic – amazon listing
      • Kenneth Davis, More Deadly Than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War – amazon listing
      • Elizabeth Outka, Viral Modernism – amazon listing
      • Laura Spinney, Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World – amazon listing
      • Susan Kent’s collected documents, The Influenza Pandemic, 1918-1919 – amazon listing
      • There are several superb essays on the 1918 pandemic in the Smithsonian Magazine – link


August 27, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Event Category:


Zoom Webinar