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[CANCELED EVENT] Pandemic Author and Historian to Visit the Bush School

February 19, 2020

Catharine Arnold

Catharine Arnold

By Lauren Zajicek, Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs

This event has been canceled.

On Monday, March 16, the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University will host historian and author Catharine Arnold for a talk on the 1918 Spanish flu.

As the Great War raged on, an outbreak of the pandemic flu spread among both the civilian population and the military, despite all efforts at quarantine and a quest for a vaccine. Arnold will deliver remarks on the Spanish flu aboard the USS Leviathan in 1918 and will cover the outbreak aboard the battleship, which left Hoboken, New Jersey, on September 29, 1918.

The public is invited to attend this free event, which will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Annenberg Presidential Conference Center on Texas A&M University’s West Campus. Registration is strongly recommended and can be found at the Bush School’s event webpage.

Catharine Arnold is a popular author, historian, and television presenter specializing in dark themes. Her most recent book is Pandemic 1918: The Story of the Deadliest Influenza in History (2018). Other works include the acclaimed London Quartet: Necropolis, London and Its Dead; Bedlam, London and Its Mad; City of Sin: London and its Vices; and Underworld London: Crime and Punishment in the Capital City. Her first novel, Lost Time, received the Betty Trask Award and will be reissued in 2020 by Endeavour.

Arnold studied English Literature at Girton College in Cambridge University, where she won the Rima Alamuddin Award for Creative Writing. She spent four years as a reporter and feature writer for the Nottingham Evening Post. Arnold also served as a councillor on the Nottingham City Council between the years 2007 and 2019 and took the civic role of Sheriff of Nottingham from 2018 to 2019.