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Scarlet Speakers in the Heart of Your Home:

New Brunswick and Rutgers in the Era of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 

Paul Clemens, Erika Gorder, and Alexandra DeAngelis

Please join us virtually on June 24, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. 

Paul at Grizzly Giant KC Paul Clemens
Paul Clemens is a professor of history who began teaching at Rutgers in 1974. He works on colonial American history and New Jersey history. His most recent work is Rutgers since 1945: A History of the State University of New Jersey. He teaches the history of the American Revolution, Constitutional History, and Famous Trials. When not teaching and writing, he enjoys hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, Yosemite, and the Front Range of the Rockies in Colorado.

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Erika Erika Gorder

Erika Gorder is currently Interim University Archivist and previously was Associate University Archivist at Rutgers University since 1998. She earned her masters degree in History and Archival Studies at New York University; MLIS degree from Rutgers University; and BA degree from Rutgers College. Ms. Gorder is responsible for all operations of the University Archives from appraisal and description to research services and exhibition curation. The Rutgers University Archives serves as the final repository for the historical records of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

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Alexandra DeAngelis

Alexandra DeAngelis received a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in 2016 and Master of Information from Rutgers University in 2020. While a student, she worked as a Graduate Assistant under Erika Gorder for Rutgers University Archives.

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Event Recording

Links from Event:

Andrews, Evan. “Why was it Called the ‘Spanish Flu’?” History. January 12, 2016.

Barry, John M. “How the Horrific 1918 Flu Spread Across America.” National Geographic. November 2017.

Bracher, Elmer G. Letter to Earl Reed Silvers. December 1918. Box 9, Folder 5, RG 33/C0/01 Records of the Rutgers College War Service Bureau. Special Collections & University Archives, Rutgers University Archives.

Demarest, William Henry Steele. A History of Rutgers College, 1766-1924. New Brunswick: Rutgers College, 1924.

“Fraternity Houses Being Used.” The Targum. October 23, 1918.

“Heaven, Hell, or Hoboken!”: New Jersey in the Great War. 2017. Special Collections & University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.

“Lafayette Game Cancelled.” The Targum. October 9, 1918.

Poem from “Targumdrops.” The Targum. October 30 , 1918.

Records of the Rutgers College War Service Bureau. RG 33/C0/01. University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.

“Spanish Influenza.” The Targum. October 16, 1918.

“Women’s College Reopens With 51 Students.” The Targum. October 30, 1918.