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The City of Coronado Spreckels Center hopes you enjoyed last week’s lecture, “Getting the Vote: The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage in the United States.” This week‘s lecture will provide scientific and historical insight into pandemics as they present “Black Death, the Spanish Flu, and Smallpox: The Science and History Behind Covid-19” by Professor Ibrahim Al-Marashi. This video will be available for online viewing now through Sunday, Aug. 2, at https://vimeo.com/417898506.

“Black Death, the Spanish flu, and Smallpox: The Science and History Behind COVID-19” will examine how history can contextualize the coronavirus outbreak. The Black Death, the Spanish flu, and smallpox all provide valuable historical lessons for how states and societies responded to pandemics and what can be done today to mitigate COVID-19.

Presenter Ibrahim Al-Marashi is an Associate Professor of Middle East History at California State University, San Marcos. A popular lecturer at Osher, he is a frequent commentator on current issues on the Middle East on social media and in international publications. He is the co-author of “The Modern History of Iraq” (Routledge, 2017), and “A Concise History of the Middle East” (Routledge, 2018). He previously served as a research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California, and has held academic appointments in Spain, Italy, Turkey, and others. He received his BA from UCLA, his MA from Georgetown University, and his PhD from Oxford.

As always, please feel free to send the Coronado Recreation Services and Spreckels Center feedback on this presentation and/or requests for topics you’d like to hear more about in upcoming lectures. This lecture is brought to you through the John D. Spreckels Center’s continued partnership with UC San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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