Pandemics and Business History: Lessons From The Past

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  • October 30, 2020
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The 1918-20 influenza pandemic has been cited often as one of the few relatively recent events that is comparable to the current pandemic.   Coming between the end of the Great War and the Roaring Twenties, the 1918-20 pandemic had a profound impact upon a generation of Canadians already scarred by the trauma of war.   What lessons can we learn from this earlier episode that might provide clues as to how our current situation with COVID-19 may develop, not just in terms of the social and political response, but in its impact upon the economy and business?

Bringing medical, social and business history together, join us for a discussion with Professors Magda Fahrni of the Université du Québec à Montréal, Dimitry Anastakis from the University of Toronto and James Onusko from Northern Lakes College on what the pandemics of the past can tell us about how the economy and business are shaped by major health crises.

Participants:

Magda Fahrni, Université du Québec à Montréal.

Dimitry Anastakis, Wilson/RJ Currie Chair in Canadian Business History in the History Department and at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

James Onusko Northern Lakes College

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