Plagues and Faiths, Past and Present
Lecture by David Nirenberg
Virtual lecture held by the University of Chicago, taking place on June 8, 2020
As the Bubonic Plague made its way westward from China in the 14th century, Christians, Muslims, and Jews in its path thought anxiously about what practices of public health and of piety might save them. In the 21st century, as COVID-19 spreads (much more rapidly) around the globe, we see similar debates over public health and religion. In this virtual Harper Lecture, Divinity School dean David Nirenberg will compare his research on reactions to the Black Death in the Middle Ages with the results of polling on religion and COVID in the United States today.
David Nirenberg is Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Click here to visit his website.