Starting Tuesday, October 13 and running until Monday, December 7, 2020, the Alumni Association will release the Uncovering COVID-19: Critical Liberal Arts Perspectives Lecture Series. Following the final pre-recorded lecture on December 1, 2020, the Alumni Association, in conjunction with Laura Baudot, associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and associate professor of English, will host a live webinar discussion featuring faculty members who taught the class.
Full schedule of the Uncovering COVID-19: Critical Liberal Arts Perspectives Lecture Series below:
NOTE: You MUST register for each lecture individually. Registering for one, does not register you for all nine (9) webinars.
Week 1 – Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 7 PM EDT
How does a virus make us sick?
Lecturer: Dr. Yolanda Cruz, Robert S. Danforth Professor of Biology
Week 2 – Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 7 PM EDT
How should we interpret statistics about COVID-19?
Lecturer: Dr. Jeff Witmer, Professor of Mathematics/Statistics
Week 3 – Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 7 PM EDT
How should we assess the political reaction to COVID-19?
Lecturer: Dr. Michael Parkin, Erwin N. Griswold Professor of Politics
Week 4 – Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 7 PM EST
What are the psychological impacts of social isolation?
Lecturer: Dr. Cindy Frantz, Norman D. Henderson Professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies
Week 5 – Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7 PM EST
What happens when our usual ways of making sense no longer serve us?
Lecturer: Dr. Laurie McMillin, Professor of Rhetoric and Composition
Week 6 – Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 7 PM EST
How has the media covered the COVID-19 outbreak, from beginning to present?
Lecturers: Dr. Jan Cooper, John C. Reid Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition and English; Dr. Geoff Pingree, Professor of Cinema Studies and English
Week 7 – Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 7 PM EST
How can studying historical examples of pandemic and crisis inform our responses to COVID-19?
Lecturer: Dr. Martin Saavedra, Assistant Professor of Economics
Week 8 -Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 7 PM EST
Who has access to care?
Lecturer: Dr. KJ Cerankowski, Assistant Professor of Comparative American Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies
Week 9 - Monday, December 7, 2020 - LIVE WEBINAR!
Where are we now?
Join us for a live, interactive webinar and Q&A panel featuring faculty members from the Uncovering COVID-19: Critical Liberal Arts Perspectives Lecture Series.
About Uncovering COVID-19: Last spring, soon after on-campus learning concluded because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Oberlin offered an online course for high school seniors who had been admitted to Oberlin—i.e., future Obies. With campus visits cancelled, Uncovering COVID 19: Critical Liberal Arts Perspectives gave these admitted students a taste of Oberlin’s culture and approach to a liberal arts education, and a chance to meet other Oberlin students and faculty members. A first iteration of the class drew 533 students and a second enrolled 134.