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When Does the Pandemic End—A Historical Perspective

Friday, June 17, 2022

This talk is part of the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium.

Event Time

June 17, 2022 | Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 am Eastern Standard Time
June 17, 2022 | Friday
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm China Standard Time

Participation Format

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The language of the event will be English.

The Event

When does the pandemic end? Some questions cannot be completely explained through science, but instead require cues from history. Yale Historian Frank Snowden has long been fascinated by the ways epidemics hold up a “mirror” to the social, cultural, and political conditions in which they arise. He is the author of Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present, the World Economic Forum #1 book to read for context on the coronavirus outbreak, and lecturer of the Open Yale Course: Epidemics in Western Society Since 1600. On June 17, Professor Frank Snowden will briefly discuss his latest book Epidemics and Society, which has just been published in China last month, and further share his insights on the pandemic with us during a moderated discussion.

The Speaker


Frank Snowden
Andrew Downey Orrick Professor Emeritus of History & History of Medicine, Yale University

Frank Snowden attended Harvard College, where he received a B.A. in 1968. He then earned his D.Phil. degree from Oxford University in 1975. After teaching at London University (1978-1990) and Yale University (1990 - 2018), and serving as Chair of History of Science and Medicine at Yale, he retired in 2018. He is now Andrew Downey Orrick Professor Emeritus of History at Yale. His principal publications in the field of medicine and public health are: Violence and Great Estates in the South of Italy: Apulia, 1900-1922; Naples in the Time of Cholera, 1884 – 1911; The Conquest of Malaria: Italy, 1900 – 1962; and Epidemics and Society: from the Black Death to the Present.

Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium

Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Maurice R. Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc. the Yale Center Beijing is pleased to host the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium, which will convene thought leaders from all sectors who, in the spirit of Mr. Greenberg, play pivotal roles in building bridges among China, the U.S., and the rest of the world.

Mr. Greenberg has been a member of Yale Center Beijing’s Executive Council and retired as the Chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG). In 2018, he was awarded the China Reform Friendship Medal.

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