The COVID-19 pandemic has naturally stirred interest in the history of infectious disease. This interest in history is fantastic! But the intellectual challenges of comparing pandemics past and present are enormous. Here is a digest of links to some of the essays, podcasts, etc. over the last year.
TIME Magazine “What Makes Viruses Like COVID-19 Such a Risk?”
Foreign Policy “The Coronavirus Is Accelerating History Past the Breaking Point”
History Today “Pandemics Now and Then”
LECTURES, OTHER CONVERSATIONS
Lecture at Davidson University on history, ecology, and infectious disease
Green Alliance forum with Geoffrey Parker on Climate Change
Brown University lecture on Antonine Plague