On Death's Doorstep: Italy After the Black Death | Newberry

On Death's Doorstep: Italy After the Black Death

Led by Julia Miglets-Nelson, PhD
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Six sessions, Wednesdays, July 14 - August 18

6 - 7:30pm (Central Time)


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Seminar Description

This seminar will explore the social and cultural implications of the plague of 1348 in Italy, also known as the Black Death, using written sources and material culture. Was the plague a pivotal event in Western history, as some historians have argued? What did life look like for the average person in the wake of the plague, and how did individuals and communities respond and rebuild in the subsequent decades? Through lectures, discussions, primary sources, art, architecture, and virtual “field trips,” immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Italy after the plague.

Six sessions. Registration – $210

Julia Miglets-Nelson holds a PhD in history from Northwestern University. She studies religion, gender, and material culture in late medieval Italy and is especially interested in medieval saints who were noted for their “holy mediocrity.”

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

First Reading:

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, May 19th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning May 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

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