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Kara Heitz, Speaker

Lecturer in the Liberal Arts department at the Kansas City Art Institute

Pandemic on the Prairie

School closures, mask mandates, social distancing, infection waves, debates over a disease’s origin, disparities in health care access, quarantine fatigue. These descriptors could apply to current times as easily as to 1918 when the world experienced its last major pandemic. The influenza epidemic, also known as the Spanish Flu, killed approximately 50 million people worldwide, 676,000 Americans, and over 12,000 Kansans between 1918-1920. While a world war waged, fear and anxiety also loomed at home. This talk tells the stories of how Kansas coped during this tumultuous time, including stories of Kansans Amelia Earhart and Dwight Eisenhower as well as lesser-known stories of Latinos, African Americans, and Native peoples. This presentation can also be tailored to a specific community or region of the state.

Contact Kara directly about speaking at your event:
(202) 213-3201
Mission Hills

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  1. Review the Movement of Ideas catalog and select a speaker and topic.
  2. Contact the speaker and confirm time, date, and location.
  3. If interested, you can apply for funding to bring this speaker to your community. Find out how. (Please note: Completed applications, including the DUNS number, must be submitted six weeks before the event date to be considered for funding. Humanities Kansas is not able to fund applications that do not meet this requirement.)
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  5. Tell us how it went. After the event, download and fill out a Speakers Bureau Evaluation and Cost Share Form and email them to Abigail Kaup.
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