COV-Course: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented public health crisis. In this course, created by provost Andreas Cangellaris and other campus leaders, you will gain a comprehensive, multidisciplinary understanding of the pandemic. The course will guide you through past, present and future perspectives on the pandemic, with weekly topics that range from history, biology and business to data security, racial disparities, mental health and more.

This non-credit course is free of cost and open to all. Classes will be held online from 8:00–9:00 p.m. every Sunday evening during the fall semester. See the course schedule for details about the instructors and topics covered.

9/27 – COVID-19 and the Election
Introduction: Rachel Switzky (Director, Siebel Center for Design)
Speakers: Robin Fretwell Wilson (Institute of Government & Public Affairs), Brian Gaines (Political Science)
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10/04 – Mental Health
Introduction: Brent Roberts (Professor of Psychology and Director, Center for Social and Behavioral Science)
Speakers: Tara Powell (School of Social Work), Karen Tabb Dina (School of Social Work)
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10/11 – Health Inequities
Introduction: Gene Robinson (Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Director, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology)
Speakers: Ruby Mendenhall (Sociology and African American Studies), Christy Lleras (Human Development & Family Studies)
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10/18 – Families and Other Relationships
Introduction: Brent Roberts (Professor of Psychology and Director, Center for Social and Behavioral Science)
Speakers: Leanne Knobloch (Communication), Eva Pomerantz (Psychology)
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10/25 – Arts in a Pandemic
Introduction: Antoinette Burton (Professor of History and Director, Humanities Research Institute)
Speakers: Jason Finkelman (Music), Gabriel Solis (Music and Theatre)
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11/01 – Data Security and Privacy
Introduction: Neal Cohen (Professor of Psychology and Director, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute)
Speakers: William Sullivan (Rokwire), Sanjay Patel (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
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11/08 – Global Impacts
Introduction: Rachel Switzky (Director, Siebel Center for Design)
Speakers: Jerry Dávila (History and Executive Director, Illinois Global Institute), Tim Liao (Sociology)
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11/15 – Food Security
Introduction: Brent Roberts (Professor of Psychology and Director, Center for Social and Behavioral Science)
Speakers: Alex Winter-Nelson (Agricultural & Consumer Economics), Craig Gundersen (Agricultural & Consumer Economics)
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11/22 – Higher Education
Introduction: Antoinette Burton (Professor of History and Director, Humanities Research Institute)
Speakers: James Anderson (College of Education), Robb Lindgren (Curriculum & Instruction)
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11/29 – Financial Consequences
Introduction: Gene Robinson (Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Director, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology)
Speakers: Heitor Almeida (Finance), Robert Lawless (Law)
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12/06 – Social Life: COVID-19 and the CU Community
Introduction: Antoinette Burton (Professor of History and Director, Humanities Research Institute)
Speakers: Julie Pryde (Champaign-Urbana Public Health District), Tracy Dace (DREAAM)
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12/13 – The Future with COVID-19
Introduction: Rachel Switzky (Director, Siebel Center for Design)
Speakers: Eliza Forsythe (Labor & Employment Relations and Economics), Derek Long (Media & Cinema Studies), Benjamin Bross (Architecture)
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*Course schedule is tentative and subject to change.