When most people hear the term “pandemic,” their minds automatically turn toward the Black Death. While our current pandemic, COVID-19, is very different from the infamous fourteenth-century plague, is it possible that studying the Black Death can teach us something about how to handle our current situation?
History majors in Dr. Susanna Throop’s capstone seminar on the Black Death have been considering that very question. Are these two pandemics actually comparable? Read the students’ findings here.