april, 2021

Tracing Ancient Plagues with Contemporary Genomic Tools with Instructor Alexa Rome

06apr4:00 pm8:44 pmTracing Ancient Plagues with Contemporary Genomic Tools with Instructor Alexa RomeRidgefield Historical Society

scott house ridgefield ct

Event Details


In this 6-week course we will go through our historical knowledge of major pandemics by consulting first-person accounts, art, archaeological evidence, and groundbreaking scientific research from the dawn of civilization to the present day. This class is appropriate for ages 10+ and adults enjoy it too! Please see parental disclaimer below.

Alexa Rome is a recent graduate of Emory University who studied broadly in archaeology, health, and genomics.  She has worked on archaeological sites around the world, interviewed Indigenous shamans in the rainforest, researched malaria at Harvard University and paleogenomics at Emory University, published peer-reviewed papers, and curated an exhibit at a museum.  Alexa’s unique online classes explore various aspects of the human experience from our early evolution to the modern-day.

Alexa likes to push her students to think critically, holistically, and take risks in the classroom.  Her courses aim to help students see their world as it is: layered, diverse, and waiting to be explored!

Review for Alexa as an online educator:

A parent wrote: “Personally, I loved this teacher. She was pretty much a perfect role model for kids: open, curious, encouraging, quick to validate…What a wonderful guide. She opens doors.”


(Tuesday) 4:00 pm - 8:44 pm