Mondays, 6 pm – 8 pm
September 9 – October 21 (no class on September 30)
Class Location: Footnote Coffee and Cocktails
CLASS IN SESSION
The purpose of this course is to examine 12 major epidemics that have changed the course of history. Each week will cover a different disease. Come pursue a deeper scientific and historical understanding of notorious plagues that wiped out entire populations. We will travel back in time to examine personal accounts of terrifying outbreaks, follow the path of scientific discovery to identify and characterize new pathogens and learn how these epidemics altered the outcomes of wars, were used as bioterrorism agents hundreds of years ago, and changed our world forever.
No required reading for this or any Lifelong Learning class. Books listed below are just for personal/general reading to be enjoyed by anyone interested in learning more about what will be discussed in class.
The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story by Richard Preston
Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused it by Gina Kolata
Viruses, Plagues, and History by Michael B.A.Oldtone
The Epidemic Streets: Infectious Disease and the Rise of Preventative Medicine, 1856- 1900 by Anne Hardy
Dr. Megan Rudock is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department. She was trained in Chemistry at University of Georgia, receiving her doctoral degree in Human Genetics and Genomics from Wake Forest. Academically, she is interested in comparing the effectiveness of discovery-based teaching methods, such as Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) and Flipped Classroom models, with more traditional teaching methods in general chemistry and biochemistry courses. With research backgrounds in population genetics, genetic epidemiology and public health sciences; Dr. Rudock has a continued personal interest in human disease, its scientific and medical basis, and how disease has changed the course of human history.