Lecture 2021: “Carried Away”: Forgetting and Remembering the Great Influenza Pandemic in Canada


With the COVID-19 pandemic writing history around us, the Avie Bennett Historica Canada lecture series‘ enduring commitment to Canada’s heritage invites us to take this moment to reflect. Join Professor Esyllt Jones from the University of Manitoba for a discussion on the Great Influenza (1918-1920), an event long referred to as the 20th century’s “forgotten” pandemic, despite its lingering effects on the lives and memories of survivors.

As the Great Influenza moves back into modern memory through the intense interest that has been generated in light of COVID-19, Jones follows work by Nobel Prize winning writer Alice Munro to suggest a new interpretation of this historic time.