Pandemic & Our Changing World

Can a liberal arts approach help us better understand the global pandemic and its lasting impact on our lives?

Our new online seminar Pandemic & Our Changing World will bring faculty, staff, and students together into a shared conversation.

In this seminar, we will discuss how we as educated citizens ought to interpret the news surrounding the COVID-19 crisis. We will also think together and reason together so that we may imagine a better world to come.

Join us to learn about the science of the pandemic within its broader social, economic, historical, and cultural contexts.

Banner photo (top) by Alex Creed ’16

May 26, 2020 – July 16, 2020
Plenary lectures: Tuesdays, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Discussions: Thursdays, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Eckerd professor Stark teaches outside

Week 1: Tuesday, May 26

The Psychological and Emotional Impact of the Pandemic
Plenary lecture by Professor Sara Hofmann with remarks by President Emeritus Donald R. Eastman III

Week 2: Tuesday, June 2

The Mathematics and Data Science of the Pandemic
Plenary lecture by Professors Nazarré Merchant and Sarah Duncan

Week 3: Tuesday, June 9

Pandemics and Plagues in Historical Perspective
Plenary lecture by Professor Barnet Hartston

Week 4: Tuesday, June 16

The Science of the Virus and its Pathology
Plenary lecture by Professors Denise Flaherty and Crystal Young-Erdos

Week 5: Tuesday, June 23

Disease and Art History
Plenary lecture by Professor David Gliem

Week 6: Tuesday, June 30

The Politics and Economics of Pandemics
Plenary lecture by Professors Bill Felice and Sophie Tripp

Week 7: Tuesday, July 7

Pandemics and the Literary Imagination
Plenary lecture by Professor Jared Stark

Week 8: Tuesday, July 14

Philosophy in a Time of Crisis
Plenary lecture by Professor Nathan Andersen with remarks by President Damián J. Fernández

Participating faculty

Sara Hofmann
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Nazarré Merchant
Associate Professor of Mathematics

Sarah Duncan
Assistant Professor of Biology

Barnet Hartston
Professor of History

Denise Flaherty
Associate Professor of Biology

Crystal Young-Erdos
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

David Gliem
Associate Professor of Art History

William F. Felice
Professor of Political Science

Sophie Tripp
Assistant Professor of Economics

Jared Stark
Professor of Literature and Comparative Literature

Nathan T. Andersen
Professor of Philosophy

Heather Vincent
Associate Professor of Classics
Seminar Administrator

Discussion section leaders

  • Skye Dibner ’20
  • Jamie Myre ’20
  • Emma Gregory ’20
  • Emily Fishel ’20
  • Emily Gould ’20
  • Katie Keck ’20
  • Sydney Hart ’18
  • Chelsea Creaturo
  • Alex Zielinski ’15