In her talk, "After the Outbreak: Narrative, Infrastructure, and Pandemic Time,” Dr. Sari Altschuler (Northeastern University) examined what we can learn from narratives of past pandemics as we grapple with our own. After the talk, Dr. Altschuler was joined in discussion by WashU scholars of Medical Humanities: Dr. Corinna Treitel (History) and Dr. Jennifer Arch (English). The conversation and online contributions were moderated by AMCS Director Dr. Lerone Martin.
Sari Altschuler is associate professor of English, associate director of the Humanities Center, and founding director of the Health, Humanities, and Society minor and initiative at Northeastern University. She is the author of The Medical Imagination: Literature and Health in the Early United States (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018) and co-editor of Keywords for Health Humanities (under contract with NYU in the press’s Keywords series) with Jonathan Metzl and Priscilla Wald. Her work has received awards from the Society of Early Americanists, the Society for the Historians of the Early American Republic, the Disability History Association, and the Library Company of Philadelphia and long-term support from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the American Antiquarian Society, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Wellesley College Newhouse Center for the Humanities.