Soup and Sandwich Seminar: Plagues: Old and new and Yet to ComeOctober 19, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

TimeOctober 19, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. John Lammert, Professor Emeritus of Biology, Gustavus Adolphus College

Human civilization is constantly challenged by infectious diseases that emerge seemingly without warning. These pestilences have had serious effects on human society. The Black Plague altered the social fabric of Europe. Tuberculosis and smallpox were once greatly feared and killed millions.The toll from present day's plagues is not so large but we still fear them. Until recently, mosquitos have been annoying biters, but now headlines of Zika virus instill a bit of fearfulness.

The conversation will focus on a few plagues of the past, on Zika virus and a few other mosquito-borne viruses and their public health implications, and on use of genetically-modified mosquitos to control spread of these viruses.


*Meal served at 11:30am. Talk begins at 12:00pm and is over by 1:00pm.

Cost is $8 for Arboretum Members, $9 for non-members.

Credit card: Go to or call the Ticketing Office at 933-7590 to register.

Check: Mail to Shirley Mellema, Linnaeus Arboretum, 800 West College Ave., St. Peter, MN 56082

Questions? Please contact or call 933-6181.

PostedApr 17, 2019