As we all shelter in place and practice social distancing, we are also moved to deepen our understanding of how COVID-19 fits into earlier pandemics in human history, and how our medical and governmental measures, social practices, coping mechanisms, ideas, and cultural productions compare with how people in other regions and times dealt with earlier pandemics. Here CGS provides a selection of public talks by some of the most innovative historians working on plagues and pandemics. We make no claims to a comprehensive survey, but we do aim at multiple perspectives, methodologies, geographies, and chronologies. We also welcome any additions and suggestions by members of the CGS and UIUC community; we would happy to add to this preliminary list. Please feel free to email Timur Pollack (email@example.com).