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Virtual: ‘The Doctors and the Black Death: Reconsidering Expertise in an Age of Pandemic’

February 23, 2021 at 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Join UNC University Libraries for a lecture with Brett Whalen, associate professor in the history department at the UNC – Chapel Hill. On February 23, 2021, at 5:00 p.m., Whalen will speak on the black death and how this expertise can be reconsidered in the age of a pandemic. 

In the popular imagination, backward and ignorant “medieval people” possessed no means of understanding the Black Death, the fourteenth-century outbreak of bubonic plague that ravaged Europe among other parts of the world. In fact, while medieval doctors lacked modern medical technologies and knowledge of disease pathology, they showed remarkable creativity in their attempts to explain, diagnose, and blunt the impact of the Black Death. Whalen will discuss the value of such expertise in an age of pandemic—in the Middle Ages, but also in the contemporary moment.

Brett Whalen received his doctorate from Stanford University in 2005 and teaches medieval religious, intellectual, and cultural history at Carolina. He is the author of several books, including The Two Powers: The Papacy, the Empire, and The Struggle for Sovereignty in the Thirteenth Century (2019).

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February 23, 2021
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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