The Plague! Making Sense of Epidemics, Contagions and Pestilence

Join the S.B Museum of Natural History for this culture and nature series event focusing on epidemics and their influence.

When: Thursday, May 16, 2013, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Rd., Santa Barbara

Cost: $8 - $10

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Event


Bubonic Plague. Yellow Fever. Cholera. HIV Aids. For thousands of years, humans have faced devastating epidemics that have suddenly killed millions and caused massive social and economic disruption. How have different cultures grappled with these catastrophic events? In this innovative program, three scholars explore social, religious, and artistic responses to massive epidemics. Ranging from nineteenth-century Italy to Buddhist Japan to the 20th century United States, the program shows the diversity of human responses to contagion, while at the same time highlighting our common humanity in response to unimaginable death and suffering.

The inaugural event of UCSB & SBMNH’s “Culture and Nature” series, the program will include a performance of selected scenes from the award-winning play Angels in America. Event will be held in the Fleischmann Auditorium.

Irwin Appel, Professor, Department of Theater and Dance
Fabio Rambelli, Professor, Department of Religious Studies and Chair, Department of East Asian Culture and Languages. The International Shinto Foundation Chair in Shinto Studies.
Jon R. Snyder, Professor, Department of French and Italian

Members: $8; Non-Members $10
Pre-registration required, tickets available at:
For more information, contact Justin Canty, or 805-682-4711 ext. 170

Co-Sponsored by UCSB’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center

Phone: 805-682-4711

Event posted April 9, 2013
Last updated April 9, 2013


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