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Historical perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic

The Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (CHSTM) has launched an ongoing series of brief podcasts on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each episode is under 20 minutes long, and features experts in the humanities and social sciences, who discuss the current pandemic and the questions it raises through a historical lens:

  • Kathryn Olivarius on how epidemics have exacerbated social and economical inequalities.
  • Natalia Molina on the intersection of race and public health during COVID-19 and other pandemics.
  • Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis on the history and evolution of infectious disease.
  • Elena Conis on how history (especially of the polio epidemics) is used in discussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Nancy Tomes on the experience of being a historian of medicine during the COVID-19 epidemic.
  • Dora Vargha on the role of international institutions during a pandemic.

The mission of the CHSTM, based in Philadelphia, USA, is to promote scholarly and public understanding of history of science, technology and medicine.

View the full podcast series on the CHSTM website.