NIU historian publishes book on disease, public health in early modern Spain, plans Oct. 18 talk

plague-xKristy Wilson Bowers, an instructor in the NIU Department of History, has a new book out that sheds light on the plague and public health policy in Seville.

Wilson Bowers will deliver a talk on the book – titled “Plague and Public Health in Early Modern Seville” (University of Rochester Press) – at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the Thurgood Marshall Gallery in Swen Parson Hall.

The book offers a reassessment of the impact of plague in the early modern era, presenting 16th-century Seville as a case study of how municipal officials and residents worked together to create a public health response that protected both individual and communal interests.

With this work, Wilson Bowers makes important contributions to the study of early modern city governance and to the history of epidemics more broadly.

For more information, call (815) 753-0131 or email history@niu.edu.

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