History of Global Urban Epidemics

1978F [CRN: 25261]

Polio. Plague. Pox. This seminar will use historical, sociological, journalistic, epidemiological, documentary film, and literary sources to explore urban disease outbreaks and human responses from ancient to modern times. By examining cases such as plague in Florence and Hong Kong, yellow fever in Charleston and Veracruz, smallpox in Rio de Janeiro and Bombay, AIDS in New York and Kampala, and SARS in Toronto and Beijing, we will seek to understand the role of urban ecological factors in the emergence of disease, and the nature of social, scientific, and civic authority responses to urban epidemics. Enrollment limited to 20. M
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