"Global Pandemics in American History"

Guest Speaker to Address Global Pandemics in HIST 389: The History of the Election of 2020

Monday, October 19, 2020 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Online Location, https://gmu.zoom.us/j/91213843117

Empty toilet paper aisles became a symbol of the pandemic's effects on daily life and were jarring for Americans accustomed to relentless abundance.

Spread of the novel coronavirus SARS-COV-2 and the disease it causes (COVID-19) has upended every facet of day-to-day life. Within a few weeks in March 2020, the way we worked, shopped, went to school, cared for the sick, buried the dead, and interacted with each other changed dramatically. Even the existence of this speaker series, in HIST 389: The History of the Election of 2020, is a direct result of the pandemic. In perhaps a handful of silver linings, an online setting for this course facilitates the participation of guest speakers and community participation much more easily than if the course were in-person as intended. 

In his talk on "Global Pandemics in American History," GMU Graduate Pathway Instructor Dr. Steve Harris-Scott will address the current pandemic's historical antecedents, including the much-discussed influenza pandemic of 1918-19. Dr. Harris-Scott is Term Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Graduate Education and Faculty Affairs at INTO Mason's International Pathways Program. In addition to working with INTO Mason's international students, Dr. Harris-Scott conducts research into colonial American history, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and the history of disease. He teaches frequently for the Department of History & Art History, including an entire undergraduate course on the history of global diseases and pandemics. Dr. Harris-Scott is a 2016 graduate of Mason's doctoral program in History.

HIST 389: The History of the Election of 2020, taught by Prof. Meredith Lair, examines the historical contexts and antecedents of major issues in the presidential election. Students have recently examined the design and function of the American electoral process, the history of American suffrage, the African American Freedom Struggle, the history of policing, civil military relations, and the #MeToo Movement. Subsequent units will examine immigration, the US Postal Service, climate change, and the media.

You're Invited! The public is invited to join Prof. Lair's students for Dr. Harris-Scott's talk via Zoom at the link or call-in number below.

HIST 389: The History of the Election of 2020: "Global Pandemics in American History"

Monday, October 19, 3:00-4:15 PM EDT

Join Zoom Meeting: 

  • Online: https://gmu.zoom.us/j/91213843117
  • Dial in phone number: 301-715-8592
  • Meeting ID: 912 1384 3117