Humanities at Work: Counting the Dead, Arizona and the Forgotten Pandemic


The influenza pandemic killed more people between 1918 and 1920 than were collectively killed in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam, yet it’s known as the “forgotten pandemic.” Early twentieth-century reports put global mortality at 21.5 million, but more recent estimates suggest as many as 50 million, a number which may be "as much as 100 percent understated" (Johnson and Mueller, 2002).

Using innovative methods to represent data sets in three dimensional space, including sonification and haptics, a team of transdisciplinary ASU scholars is designing an installation to “re-embody” flu data. In developing ways for visitors to feel/hear the unfolding of the pandemic in time and space, we highlight the ways in which illness spread across the young state of Arizona.

Researchers and creators of the multimedia installation, Jacqueline Wernimont and Elizabeth Grumbach will hold a discussion about the work. Bring your lunch and join us in the library for a unique discussion about experiential data. All food brought in MUST be peanut-free. 

Hayden Library, C6A

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Hayden Library, C6A

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