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The Politics of Pandemics: Why The 1793 Yellow Fever Epidemic in Philadelphia is Relevant Today (The Politics of Yellow Fever series)

Mon, Sep 21, 2020 | 12:00 pm

This talk is presented by Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH, Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Health and Prevention in Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University.

Dr Yudell will explore the history and impact of the 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia, how that history is remembered today, and the continued relevance of that history to contemporary public health. Using clips from the speaker's recent WHYY Yellow Fever 1793 Walking tour podcast, his talk also draws parallels to the current COVID-19 pandemic, examining how politics and ideology remain a dangerous threat to the public's health. 

This program will be presented via Zoom. Registration is encouraged. On the day of the program, use this link to join: https://temple.zoom.us/j/98714864136

This event is presented in conjunction with the Health Sciences Libraries online presentation of the Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America exhibit sponsored by the National Library of Medicine. The exhibit was initially intended to make a stop at Temple University’s Ginsburg Health Sciences Library during September 2020. In light of the coronavirus pandemic traveling exhibits were paused.  The relevance of the topic to the current situation is clear and we decided to move ahead with a local virtual exhibit, workshops and speaker events.

Please contact Courtney Eger, courtney.eger@temple.edu, with any questions.