Thursday, February 25, 2021
Timothy Fehler, the William E. Leverette, Jr., Professor of History at Furman University, will present a series of vignettes from historical epidemics of the past four centuries. From their impact on individual lives to broader community and governmental action, experiences from the midst of epidemics offer glimpses both of fortitude and despair, public health measures and private acts of compassion, homemade cures and mathematical models.
Timothy Fehler, the William E. Leverette, Jr., Professor of History at Furman University, joined Furman’s history department in 1995, and for six years he also directed Furman’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Internships. His research has focused particularly on questions of poverty and social welfare as well as religious persecution and co-existence in early modern Europe. During more than two decades of teaching at Furman, Fehler has directed several study away programs in Europe and the Mediterranean, most recently the semester-long program in Central Europe entitled “Repression, Resistance, and Remembrance.” His research also takes him to the archives in and around northern Germany where he has spent considerable time.
As an undergraduate, Fehler studied math and history at Baylor University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Renaissance and Reformation history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.