Coping with Plague: Public Health and Epidemics in Renaissance Italy

Monash University is pleased to invite you to the 2017 Bill Kent Memorial Lecture, delivered by Professor John Henderson (Birkbeck College, University of London).

Each age faces the challenge of a new epidemic, whether it is cholera, tuberculosis, AIDS, SARS, Bird Flu or Ebola. Plague, however, has remained a paradigm against which reactions to other epidemics have been judged.

Focusing mainly on 17th century Tuscany, John Henderson will argue that it is time to re-assess early modern Italian policies dealing with plague within a wider context of measures adopted by other European cities and states.


This event is free of charge, but please book to assist with catering and seating: click HERE to access the Monash booking page.


Please arrive from 6 pm. The lecture will start at 6.30 sharp and will be followed by drinks, canapes and networking conversation.

About the speaker

John Henderson is one of the leading social historians of renaissance and early modern Italy. He is Professor of Italian Renaissance History in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London; Research Professor at Monash University, Melbourne; and Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.
John has published a wide range of books and articles on the social, religious and medical history of medieval and renaissance Tuscany. He is at present completing a book on plague in early modern Florence for Yale University Press.


October 05, 2017 at 6:00pm - 8pm
Monash University City Campus
271 Collins St
Level 7
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
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