Can a liberal arts approach help us better understand why racial health disparities began and persist into modern times?
Our 2021 online seminar Racism: A Public Health Crisis will bring faculty, staff, and students together into a shared conversation.
In this seminar, we will discuss the many ways racism changes health outcomes and life expectancy for Black and Indigenous Americans. We will also think together and reason together so that we may imagine solutions for these inequities.
Join us to learn about the social, economic, historical and cultural contexts that created the societal impacts we currently witness.
May 25, 2021 – July 6, 2021
Plenary lectures: Tuesdays, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Discussions: Thursdays, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
2020: 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.
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, 2020
Discussion section leaders, 2020
- 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