This is the course website for HIST 1000: “Thinking Historically about Covid” in the 2020-2021 academic year at the University of New Haven. The purpose of this course was to help students think historically. When historians study the past, they are invariably affected by their current moment. In turn, the study of the past enables us to see the present in a new light. To prove this to yourself, look again at the image above of an outdoor barber shop in California during the 1918 influenza pandemic. How is your reaction to that image different today than it would have been in 2019? How does looking at that image affect how you think about our own Covid-19 pandemic?
To learn to think in this way, undergraduate students in HIST 1000 have studied the current Covid-19 pandemic in light of research into past pandemics of plague, cholera, influenza, and AIDS. They have shared the fruits of their new historical awareness in the articles section of this website. To access the articles simply scroll down, click the ‘Articles’ link in the navigation menu above, or select one of the following categories if you want to find articles on a particular topic: