NEW! The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-191 in Philadelphia


African-American culture flourished in Harlem between World War I and the beginning of the Great Depression. In this city within a city, the Cotton Club, the Dark Tower, the Nicholas Brothers, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston changed American literature, music, dance, and culture at large. Learn about and listen to the exciting, energetic music of the 1920s in Harlem with excursions into the art, literature, and dance which emerged at the same time, and find out how it went mainstream.

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During fall 1918, in the last months of WWI, Philadelphia hosted the largest parade in its history. Within days the city of 2 million was devastated by influenza, resulting in half a million cases and 16,000 deaths. We’ll discuss the pandemic as a social catastrophe and consider its memorialization today.

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Senior consulting scholar for the College of Physicians Philadelphia,
Former Director of the Mütter Museum and Historical Medical Library at the college

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Monday, 10/9,


7 to 8:30 p.m.


Room 104, Cheltenham High School