The Spanish Influenza seminar will take place in two locations: the first and third week will be in Blacksburg, Virginia, and the second week will take place in Washington, DC.<

In Blacksburg, the seminar will be hosted by the Virginia Tech Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. The seminar will take place in Newman Library’s Athenaeum, a fully equipped multi-media space also ideally suited for seminar discussions and presentations. This space will allow seminar participants easy access to library materials, including both the stacks and the electronic resources such as newspaper and journal databases. The library has excellent wireless capacity. Newman library is a short walk from the residential hall, New Hall West, the on campus dining location, Dietrick Dining Hall, and numerous dining options in downtown Blacksburg. Transportation from Blacksburg to Washington DC and from Washington DC to Blacksburg will be provided by Virginia Tech using university van.

In Washington DC, lodging will be located at Catholic University. Seminar will take place in three locations, all easily accessible by public transportation and / or university vans:

  • The Library of Congress, located on Capitol Hill in Washington DC
  • The National Library of Medicine, located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Maryland
  • The National Archives and Record Administration reading rooms at NARA II, located in College Park Maryland.
Summer scholars have several options for travel to Blacksburg:
By car: Interstate 81, exit 119, route 460W to Blacksburg / Virginia Tech exit
By bus: Megabus  to Christiansburg, located 10 miles from Blacksburg
By train: Amtrak has trains to Lynchburg, with connecting bus service to Blacksburg
By plane: Roanoke-Blacksurg airport has shuttle and bus service to Blacksburg
By foot: Appalachian trail has several trailheads nearby, and shuttles can be arranged
By bicycle: Blue Ridge Parkway to Floyd, then route 8 north is a beautiful route