As the COVID-19 pandemic touches us all, Gen Ed faculty bring their expertise and distinctive perspectives to the challenges we face:
Many fall 2020 Gen Ed courses explore COVID-19 and other pandemics:
- Gen Ed 1001: Stories from the End of the World
- Gen Ed 1038: Sleep
- Gen Ed 1078: Disease, Illness, and Health through Literature
- Gen Ed 1079: Why Is There No Cure for Health?
- Gen Ed 1092: American Society and Public Policy
- Gen Ed 1093: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Cares? Reimagining Global Health
- Gen Ed 1148: Moctezuma's Mexico, Then and Now: The Past, the Present and Pandemics in North America
- Gen Ed 1170: Confronting COVID-19: Science, History, Policy
- Gen Ed 1171: Justice: Ethics in an Age of Pandemic and Racial Reckoning
In spring 2020, COVID-19 became a focus of Daniel Lieberman's Gen Ed 1027: Human Evolution and Human Health. As she has in the past with other pressing global health issues, Sue Goldie incorporated the COVID-19 pandemic into Gen Ed 1063: World Health: Challenges and Opportunities.
- As part of Harvard College's Virtual Visitas, David Cutler, Sue Goldie, and Karen Thornber discussed how College courses reach beyond the classroom to address urgent problems.
- Paul Farmer participated in a COVID-19 panel hosted by the Safra Center on Thursday, April 16 at 5pm.
- Gen Ed faculty have participated in the Mahindra Humanities Center Conversations on COVID-19 series, including Jill Lepore discussing plague literature and Karen Thornber presenting her new book Global Healing: Literature, Advocacy, Care.
- Michael Sandel hosted a Harvard Live discussion on Pandemic Ethics on Thursday, April 16.
- Michael Bronski, "Fighting for Public Health" (Boston Review)
- David S. Jones, "History in a Crisis - Lessons for Covid-19" (New England Journal of Medicine)
- Jill Lepore, "What Our Contagion Fables Are Really About" (New Yorker)
- Sarah Lewis, "Where are the Photos of People Dying of Covid?" (New York Times)
- Samantha Power, "This Won't End for Anyone Until It Ends for Everyone" (New York Times)
- Christopher Robichaud, "Why so many of us are watching films like 'Outbreak'" (Harvard Gazette)