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“Contagion! “The First Modern Pandemic: Spanish Influenza”

Thursday, March 10, 2022, 7:00 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic renewed interest in the global history of infectious diseases. This year’s lecture series presented by History Department faculty and other experts focuses on different periods in world history when societies faced pandemics and their consequences. Former Cal Lutheran President Chris Kimball, a history scholar, will address the influenza pandemic of 1918-20, known unfairly as the Spanish flu, which arrived near the end of World War I and killed tens of millions of people. That human toll, on top of the war dead, provided the backdrop for dramatic political, social and economic changes. In the United States, the fight against the Spanish flu included advances in medicine and controversial strategies such as mask wearing — and, like today, public health became a heated political issue.

Admission is free, but registration is required at

Cal Lutheran, the Thousand Oaks Grant R. Brimhall Library and Ventura County Library are sponsoring the free series, and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation provided grant funding. Registration is required. For more information, visit or contact David Nelson at

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