Kristi DiClemente will present “Dance like No One is Watching: The Black Plague and the Dance of Death” for Dr. D’s Brain Jam hosted by Three Sisters Pie Co. at 6 p.m. today. Three Sisters is located at 422 Main St. in downtown Columbus.
The assistant professor of history at Mississippi University for Women will lead an interactive discussion surrounding the history of the plague in Europe and how the plague led to an artistic movement called the Dance of Death.
“The plague outbreak of the 14th century changed how people looked at life and death and shifted ideas of class boundaries and social status. Having that many people die ‘mysteriously’ impacts the human psyche,” said DiClemente.
One aspect of DiClemente’s discussion will focus on ways the artistic depiction of skeletons and corpses were affected by the mysterious deaths. DiClemente explained, “This art showed that no one could escape death, not even the queen or pope.”
Attendees are encouraged to wear a costume. Anyone who dresses up will be entered for a drawing to win a $10 gift card from Three Sisters Pie Co.
Dr. D’s Brain Jam is a reoccurring speaker series aimed at providing entertaining and educational topics to connect experts with the community.
The series is cosponsored by the Mississippi University for Women Department of History, Political Science and Geography and Three Sisters Pie Co. There will be a speaker on the last Sunday of each month. All events are free and open to the public.
The next Brain Jam is Sunday, Nov. 24 with ranger Randi Robinson, a natural resource specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who will present on “Campfire Talk with a Local Park Ranger.”
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