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COVID-19 Course Resource Guide

We're in This Together: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Lesson Materials

May 18th: Inequality and the Coronavirus Pandemic

Panel discussion with Professor of Black World Studies Randy Quaye, Instructor in Black World Studies Dawn Chisebe, and Associate Professor of English Karen Poremski

It’s been said that COVID-19 is the great equalizer. Yet the pandemic has had a much more devastating impact on some groups, whether distinguished by age, race, gender, occupation, economic status, place of residence, or other factors. The panel will discuss the societal implications of the pandemic and what the pandemic might tell us about general issues of health care.

Video Lecture

Assigned Readings

May 20th: How the Pandemic Exposed What’s Great and Not So Great in Our Public Schools

In this session, Dr. Michele Nobel provides a brief look at other pandemics and whether or not evidence supports school closures, explores how COVID-19 has spotlighted some of the best experiences and the worst inequities of our public schools, and provides a call to action for school reform.

Video Lecture 

Assigned Readings

Recommended Databases

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May 18th: Inequality and the Coronavirus Pandemic


May 20th: How the Pandemic Exposed What’s Great and Not So Great in Our Public Schools

Search Terms

Knowing what terms to use to search for resources on COVID19 is half the battle. For this week's lectures, we would recommend starting with the following keywords. 

May 18th: Inequality and the Coronavirus Pandemic

  • Health care inequality
  • Public health
  • Race discrimination OR social discrimination
  • Prejudices in public health
  • Marginalized groups
  • Socioeconomic status

May 20th: How the Pandemic Exposed What’s Great and Not So Great in Our Public Schools COVID-19

  • Education Reform
  • Remote Learning
  • Isolation
  • School Inequities
  • Emergency Response