The virtual symposium “Plagues, Pandemics, and Outbreaks of Disease in History'' was held on Friday, November 13, 2020. Because of the international health crisis and its consequences for New York City, the Renaissance Society of America (RSA) dedicated its 2020 programming to focus on the history of plague and pandemic in medieval and Renaissance culture. The aim of this virtual symposium was to bring together cutting edge scholarship and approaches to disease in history, with a particular focus on how to teach plagues, pandemics, and outbreaks of disease during the period 1300-1700, encouraging the development, deployment, and discussion of pedagogical strategies and materials, particularly in situations that demand remote or hybrid learning.

The virtual symposium consisted of two Zoom sessions, which may be viewed in their entirety along with supplemental materials at the links below.

Plagues, Pandemics, and Outbreaks of Disease in History” was co-sponsored by the Renaissance Society of America, and Fordham’s departments of Art History and Music, Classics, History, and the Center for Medieval Studies. It was made possible in part by a Fall 2020 Faculty Challenge Grant from Fordham’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.


Browse the Plagues, Pandemics, and Outbreaks of Disease in History Symposium Collections:

Plagues, Pandemics, and Pedagogy Roundtable

Developing Pedagogy Graduate Student Showcase