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October 13, 2020 – The 41st William F. Church Memorial Lecture, John McNeill (Georgetown University)

July 13th, 2020

MEMHS: 13 October, 5:30 PM – The 41st William F. Church Memorial Lecture, John McNeill (Georgetown University), “Revisiting Mosquito Empires in the time of COVID-19.” (Note: the lecture will be given online.)

In this lecture, environmental historian J.R. McNeill will revisit arguments he made a decade ago in his book, Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, which dealt with the extraordinary virulence and historical consequences of epidemics in the Caribbean, ca. 1650-1900.  Looking back at his study from the vantage point of the pandemic year 2020 will also permit him to reflect on the importance of disease history in the contemporary world.

J.R. McNeill, currently University Professor and Professor of History at Georgetown University, has held two Fulbright awards and fellowships from Guggenheim, MacArthur and the Woodrow Wilson Center. He has authored or edited 23 books, including Something New Under the Sun (2000), listed by the London Times among the 10 best science books ever written (despite being a history book); and Mosquito Empires (2010), which won the Beveridge Prize from the American Historical Association; and most recently The Webs of Humankind (2020), 2 vols. In 2018, he received the Heineken Award for History from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a former president of both the American Society for Environmental History and the American Historical Association.

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