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Conversations in Science: Bird-Masks to Beakers

September 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Cathy Ullman, independent researcher

Description: COVID-19 is not the first pandemic to spread globally and, unfortunately, it won’t be the last. Beginning in the year 1346, the Black Death was one of the deadliest pandemics ever recorded in human history, killing more than fifty million people.  But what exactly caused the Black Death and how did it spread so quickly?  Join Catherine J. Ullman, PhD who will examine the history of the Black Death, its impact on society, and discuss a brief comparison with the current COVID-19 outbreak.

To submit questions in advance, please email [email protected].

Cost: Free! Register in advance for Zoom link.

About the Speaker

Catherine J. Ullman, PhD,  is an independent researcher with an avid interest in death, the dead, and death culture in medieval Europe and the modern US.  For over 17 years she has been a member of the Buffalo chapter of a living history group called The Society for Creative Anachronism (www.sca.org).  Her classes and seminars, such as “Bling Out Your Dead” and “Hangmen, Headsmen, and Other Fun Ways to Die” provide cultural and contextual insight to the artifacts and texts used in historical recreation.