Episode Four: Lessons from the Past: Epidemics in the Americas

May 20, 2020

Dr. W. George Lovell, Professor of Geography at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada and Visiting Professor in Latin American History at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville, Spain, joins the American Geographical Society Podcast to discuss his research on epidemics in the Columbian-era Americas. We discuss Columbus’ arrival in the New World – and the impact of disease that came with him – marking the beginning of globalization…does COVID-19 mark the end?

For further reading and to learn more about Dr. W. George Lovell’s work, see the following resources:

  • Lovell, W.G. (1992), “Heavy Shadows and Black Night”: Disease and Depopulation in Colonial Spanish America. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 82: 426-443. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8306.1992.tb01968.x
  • Lovell, W.G. (2001), “Not a City but a World”: Seville and the Indies. Geographical Review, 91(1/2): 239 – 251 . doi:10.2307/3250825
  • Lovell, W.G. (2017), A Stroll through Seville. FOCUS on Geography, 60: np. doi:10.21690/foge/2017.60.3p
  • Lovell, W.G. From Columbus to COVID-19: Amerindian Antecedents to the Global Pandemic. Advance online publication on Project MUSEhttps://www.muse.jhu.edu/article/756952.
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