Medical History Workshop at Georgia Highlands College

Date(s) – Oct 24 2018
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Chieftains is proud to partner with Georgia Highlands College to offer an opportunity to learn more about Native American history and culture in October.
Disease, particularly the threat of epidemics, is a concern in today’s society. Disease has also been a major factor in a number of historical events. The Medical History Workshop will examine two important ways disease shaped the past, namely the role it played in the European conquests of the Americas from the 16th through the 18th centuries and how the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 influenced world events at the end of the First World War.
On Wednesday, October 24th at 2:00pm, Chieftains will take part in a program that explores the connections between history and disease at the Cartersville campus of Georgia Highlands College. The workshop will be in the Student Center, Room 102A & B,
Dr. Matt Jennings, Associate Professor of History at Middle Georgia University will present “What Disease Did (And What It Didn’t): New Perspectives on the Entry of Europe into the Americas,” a lecture on the effects of European diseases on Native American populations at first contact.
Dr. Jennings will be followed by a presentation by Dr. Jayme Feagin, Professor of History at Georgia Highlands College will present “The Great Flu and the Great War: The Global Impact of Disease in the Early 20th Century,” a lecture on the devastation of the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic to mark the 100th anniversary of this landmark historical event.
A brief Q&A session and light refreshments will follow the presentations. GHC student Medical History infographic projects will also be on display. This program is free and open to the public.