Archeology of Pandemics

Archeology of Pandemics

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March 3, 2022 - April 7, 2022 (6 sessions)
Friday, April 8, 2022 - Optional In-Person Field Trip to the Library of Congress
Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:00 PM ET

This class will focus on one of the most important issues of our time, the history, science, and archaeology of pandemics. From the diseases of the mummies of the pharaohs of ancient Egypt to the current SARs-CoV-2 pandemic, we will examine what is known from archaeological evidence, historical manuscripts, along with ancient DNA and molecular biology, about the long history of large-scale human disease outbreaks and pandemics. Participants will learn how ancient DNA evidence, combined with historical records, is shedding new light on the deep history of diseases like smallpox and other pathogens, and learn how cultures of the past dealt with the pathologies caused by viral and bacterial diseases. The course will also survey the history of zoonotic spillover and what archaeological and historical evidence can tell us about its long history, including modern zoonotic diseases like HIV, Ebola, and COVID-19. 

The course will include an optional field trip to the Library of Congress to look at rare materials relating to the history of diseases and medical texts from the medieval and early modern periods that help shed light on our current pandemic.

Johns Hopkins Tuition Remission Policies
Current and retired full-time Johns Hopkins faculty and staff, as well as their spouses or domestic partners, are eligible for tuition remission. Eligibility details can be found here.

After registration, tuition remission eligibility will be confirmed by the Odyssey registrar. If eligibility cannot be confirmed, you will be required to pay full tuition for the course. Under the terms of the University’s remission program, Hopkins employees must withdraw in writing at least five working days before the first class to receive a 100% refund. No partial refunds are given to JHU employees and affiliates. All other participants should review the JHAA Event


 Event Date
Thursday, March 3, 2022
6:30pm EDT

Friday, April 8, 2022
8:00pm EDT

1-800-JHU-JHU1 (548-5481)