Author Talk with Dawn Day Biehler

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Author Talk with Dawn Day Biehler

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

DawnBiehlerUrban pests such as flies, bedbugs, roaches, and rats trouble people in their homes, but the history of pests shows that they are much more than a private problem.

Pests in the City: Flies, Bedbugs, Cockroaches and Rats by Washington resident and environmental historian Dawn Day Biehler tells the story of struggles to control pests and make housing healthier in the twentieth century.

PestsintheCityCases from Washington, D.C., illustrate the struggle for public solutions to public health pest problems. In the early 1900s, housing and environmental health reformers endeavored to eliminate teeming swarms of flies. In the 1960s, civil rights activists sought to empower their communities and improve the environment through rat control.

We have much to learn from the history of pests as animals such as bedbugs, roaches, and rats continue to infest our homes and cities.

This free event will take place in Room 209 at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.