This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer A History of Epidemics Evening Lecture/Seminar Wednesday, March 30, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET Add to calendar iCalendar Gmail Yahoo Mail Outlook Outlook.com Code: 1J0158 Select your Tickets Resize text 1849, New York City, Cholera prevention poster The saying goes that history repeats itself. True to form, epidemics have been a near-constant feature in human life. Up until the 1960s, recurring epidemics were simply a normal fact of daily life, always lurking in the background. Join award-winning historian Allen Pietrobon, an assistant professor of global affairs at Trinity Washington University, as he highlights some of the lesser-known pandemics and epidemics, revealing how people throughout history dealt with such sudden disease outbreaks. Where did they come from? Whom did they most affect? What was learned in how to treat or prevent them? And how did societies evolve in the wake of deadly pandemics? Pietrobon explores the cholera epidemics that ravaged 19th-century New York City and the terrifying polio epidemic that first struck America in the 1840s and killed thousands during each generational recurrence. Discover how epidemics indiscriminately affected lives, killing presidents and paupers alike; and learn about the medical and technological advancements that have helped people to continue living, post-pandemic. Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series.