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“There is a Great Deal of Sickness in our Regiment”: Disease in Civil War Arkansas

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas Presents MONDAY MALADIES

Speaker: David Sesser, collections librarian at Huie Library at Henderson State University

An alumnus of Henderson, David Sesser holds graduate degrees in public history and higher education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and in library and information science from the University of Southern Mississippi. With research focused on both Civil War Arkansas and the history of higher education in the state, he is the author of The Little Rock Arsenal Crisis: On the Precipice of the American Civil War (2013) and The School with a Heart: Henderson State University at 125 (2015).

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About the Program Series

With the COVID-19 pandemic having caused more than 100,000 deaths in the United States alone by the beginning of June 2020, many policy makers and others have looked to the past to understand how pandemics affect societies, allowing them to create strategies that can ease the death toll and to consider what long-lasting changes might result from our present situation.

The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is hosting a series of lectures on the history of medicine, disease, and containment in the Natural State. The series, starting June 8 and running every other Monday evening through August, will offer some historical perspective to what is going on today in Arkansas and around the world.

Each lecture will be a Zoom webinar and will be streamed to YouTube Live, and then archived on YouTube for later viewing. Attendees must register to participate in Zoom webinar and ask questions of the speaker.