Dan Breen Winter Library Lectures Begin Sunday, Jan. 21

January 16, 2024

January may be the “quiet” month now that the holidays are over, but history lovers have something special to look forward to this weekend with the start of Professor Dan Breen’s Winter lecture series.

“Global Pandemics and How They Have Influenced History” will be presented at the Bedford Free Public Library on five successive Sunday afternoons, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 21. No registration is required. People may attend in person or via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84500089704?pwd=Q0gvWkZQQ0QrMFgvTVNCeGlTOElEUT09
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Dr. Breen says, “Everyone knows about the Black Death of the 14th Century; here we are nearly 700 years later and cultural references to the catastrophe still abound. Arguments still rage, however, about just what kind of disease this was and what brought it about. In this session, we’ll investigate the probable origins and course of this most destructive of medieval pandemics, along with some thoughts about how that same destruction helped lead to a revolution in politics and economics.”

Breen is a professor of legal studies at Brandeis University. He also holds a PhD in history from Boston College. But academic credentials are not why his fans return year after year for the winter lectures. Breen’s dynamic presentation of great moments in history are said to keep listeners entranced.

He has presented lectures at the Bedford Library since 2006. Some of his past programs covered prohibition, World War II, the Great Depression, the Civil War, and the Supreme Court. 

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