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October 23, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Pebble Hill

The public is invited to a “Ebola in West Africa: Why was the World Caught by Surprise?”a talk by Dr. Frank Snowden, professor of history emeritus at Yale University, on Tuesday, October 23 at 4 p.m. at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill.

When Ebola broke out in West Africa in 2013, it caught the world entirely off guard, setting off a major disaster in terms of death and suffering in three neighboring African countries. It also threatened to spiral out of control and become a global pandemic. What does this crisis tell us about international preparedness to confront the danger of emerging infectious diseases, and what lessons can be learned for the future?

After growing up in Washington, DC, Frank Snowden attended college at Harvard, where he majored in Government. In 1968 he was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to Oxford, where he did his doctorate in Politics, and then stayed in England to teach History at the University of London. He returned to the States in 1990 to teach History at Yale, where he served as Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of History and Professor of the History of Medicine. He also served as Chair of the Program in History of Medicine and History of Science. His principal research interests are modern Italian history and the history and impact of epidemic diseases. His next book, with Yale University Press, will appear in 2019 as Epidemics and Society: from the Black Death to the Present. Other publications include Naples in the Time of Cholera and The Conquest of Malaria, both with Cambridge University Press. He retired in 2018 and was named Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University.

The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben Street, Auburn. For more information on the program, call 334-844-4903 or visit