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When does the pandemic end? Some questions cannot be completely explained through science, but instead require cues from history. Yale Historian Frank Snowden has long been fascinated by the ways epidemics hold up a "mirror" to the social, cultural, and political conditions in which they arise. He is the author of Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present, the World Economic Forum #1 book to read for context on the coronavirus outbreak, and lecturer of the Open Yale Course: Epidemics in Western Society Since 1600. On June 17, Professor Frank Snowden will briefly discuss his latest book Epidemics and Society, which has just been published in China last month, and further share his insights on the pandemic with us during a moderated discussion.


  • Frank Snowden (Andrew Downey Orrick Professor Emeritus of History & History of Medicine at Yale University)

    Frank Snowden

    Andrew Downey Orrick Professor Emeritus of History & History of Medicine at Yale University

    Frank Snowden attended Harvard College, where he received a B.A. in 1968. He then earned his D.Phil. degree from Oxford University in 1975. After teaching at London University (1978-1990) and Yale University (1990 - 2018), and serving as Chair of History of Science and Medicine at Yale, he retired in 2018. He is now Andrew Downey Orrick Professor Emeritus of History at Yale. His principal publications in the field of medicine and public health are: Violence and Great Estates in the South of Italy: Apulia, 1900-1922; Naples in the Time of Cholera, 1884 – 1911; The Conquest of Malaria: Italy, 1900 – 1962; and Epidemics and Society: from the Black Death to the Present.

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