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Faculty Colloquium: The Global Eradication of Smallpox: Really?

Please join us on Friday, March 16th at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room for the weekly Faculty Colloquium. This week’s Colloquium will be presented by Bob Reinhardt, Visiting Assistant Professor of History and / Environmental and Earth Sciences. The title of the talk is: “The Global Eradication of Smallpox: Really?”.

Abstract: My talk seeks to explain how–or whether?–the world achieved freedom from smallpox in 1980, when the World Health Organization certified the success of its global Smallpox Eradication Program–the first and only deliberate elimination of a disease. I invite all comers to learn more about this remarkable story, to witness environmental history’s interdisciplinary tools and approach in action, and, of course, to learn whether you are truly safe from one of history’s most gruesome scourges.