Prof. John Eicher will present his research on the 1918 pandemic - the "Spanish" flu- in Europe.
Cost of Attendance:
$5 for non-members
Free for members of the GAHC*
This program is virtual. Registration is required.
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The GAHC is happy to offer the opportunity to view this program in person: purchase an "In-Person" ticket at check out and come to the GAHC on August 1st at 2pm to watch the program live. Seats are limited and socially distanced. Masking is required. The program will be projected live on a large screen on the 4th floor of the GAHC.
About the program:
The 1918 "Spanish" flu pandemic killed 50-100 million people within 18 months. Drawing on over 1,000 eyewitness testimonies of the pandemic in its European context, Prof. John Eicher (Penn State Altoona) will discuss how average Europeans responded to the 1918 flu-- what they felt, how they died, and who they blamed.
About the presenter:
John Eicher is an Assistant Professor of Modern European History at Penn State Altoona. Tending towards the comparative and transnational, his research focuses on the movements of people and diseases around the world. In 2020, his prize-winning dissertation (granted by the University of Iowa) was published as a book titled Exiled Among Nations: German and Mennonite Mythologies in a Transnational Age, with Cambridge University Press. His current research project, “The Sword Outside, the Plague Within: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Europe,” compares the cultural impact of the “Spanish” flu across ten European countries using 1,000 first-hand accounts of those who survived it.
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