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JLL Sunday Salon with Dr. Hester Elsa Oberman via Zoom

Sunday, November 15, 2020 28 Cheshvan 5781

2:00 PM - 4:00 PMZoom
November 15, 2020
 
Dr. Hester Elsa Oberman
 
Religious Responses to Pandemics: What the Black Death, Yellow Fever, the Spanish Flu and AIDS teach us about COVID-19 today.
 
We have a natural human response to crisis: When the chips are down, we look for scapegoats, cling to religious rituals even if deemed a health risk, or forsake religious authorities who seem helpless in the face of mass death. Infamous are the anti-Semitic riots that rampaged through communities when the Black Death—Bubonic Plague—ravaged Europe. Later, the Spanish Flu was thought to be divine punishment in the U.S., where it actually began. During that time, some Roman Catholic churches defied orders to close churches and instead held large masses that become super-spreaders. The diverse religious responses to the COVID-19 pandemic today are no different than those of the past—and we can learn lessons from them.

Dr. Hester Elsa Oberman has been part of the faculty of Religious Studies and Classics at the University of Arizona since 2012. Brought up and trained in the Netherlands and Germany, her expertise lies in the Psychology of Religion, Spirituality, and Atheism and Critical Medical and Health Humanities, focusing specifically on the role of belief and non-belief in the 21st century. Her courses are cross-listed with the Department of Psychology and the Department of Philosophy. Her recent research focuses on the history of medicine implications on healthcare, health belief, and health outcomes in the U.S.

 

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