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COVID-19 & Humankind: The Lasting Effects Of The Pandemic On Our Overall Culture And Society


It is a strange feeling to be conscious of the fact we are experiencing a time in history that will be analyzed for years to come. Already, those who research how society behaves and reacts to change are studying the coronavirus crisis closely. We’ll discuss humanity's response to the pandemic with an anthropologist and sociologist. What have they learned already? What do they expect to happen? And what questions will future social scientists ask about our times?


Josh Rubin, lecturer, anthropology, American studies, Africana, Bates College. Rubin's research is on play, popular culture and art, and he has a book about the politics and aesthetics of South African rugby that is under contract with University of Michigan Press. His current research project concerns the race and gender politics of videogame "playtests," moments in the game development process when volunteer players provide feedback about unfinished games.

Nancy Riley, chair, department of sociology, professor of social sciences, Bowdoin College. Riley's research and teaching interests have focused on China, Asian American experience, gender, population and public health. She is currently working on a project on Chinese experience in Hawai'i and another on gender and reproductive control across the globe.


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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.