Religion Unplugged
Religion Unplugged
Apr 14, 2020
Kyle Harper: The Black Death and COVID19
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Our chairwoman at The Media Project and Senior Correspondent at, Roberta Ahmanson Interviews a special guest and author. Roberta is a world traveller, an author herself, an award winning religion reporter, a philanthropist, an art collector and a voracious reader. When the coronavirus broke out, Roberta naturally thought we should interview the provost of the university of Oklahoma, Dr. Kyle Harper. Dr. Harper is a professor of classics and letters who serves as Senior Vice President and Provost. He has a PHD from Harvard University and has written several books about the ancient world including several titles related to religion and christianity in the Ancient Greek and Roman worlds. 

Dr. Harper’s 2017 book was titled "The Fate of Rome, climate disease and the end of an empire," published by Princeton University Press. It explains how devastating viruses, pandemics and other natural catastrophes swept through the Roman Empire and brought down one of the most powerful civilizations in history. Roberta dialed up Kyle on Zoom to talk about the parallels between COVID19 and the ancient world.

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