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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Plague: Living with Death in The Medieval and Early Modern Worlds

Plague changed society, medicine, global trade, religion, and intellectual life from its outbreak in 1348 to 1700. Why did one disease have such sweeping effects? This session investigates these phenomena and reflects upon how one microbe changed European life forever, leaving in its wake a pessimistic fascination with death, but also a resolve to survive and discover causes and remedies for the plague, contributing to the Renaissance, the Scientific Revolution, and Europe’s transition to the modern age. The students offer a variety of perspectives—religious, economic, artistic, philosophical, and cultural—on the effects of bubonic plague in medieval Europe and beyond through both poster displays and oral explanations of their research projects for the advanced topics class History 455/555 The Black Death.

Presenters: Juan Carlos Acosta (Graduate Student)
Katherine Clark (Faculty)
Elisabeta Dunaevsky (Undergraduate Student)
Victoria Peryea (Undergraduate Student)
Clark Shellie (Graduate Student)
Sarah Zeitler (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: Lobby of Edwards
Time: 1:15 pm (Session III)
Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.