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Humanities and COVID-19

Humanities as Essential Services by Kirsten Ostherr | Inside Higher Ed
Wednesday, 07/08/20

In times of crisis, when we face complex challenges like global pandemics, we need a collaborative response that transcends disciplinary boundaries and offers novel approaches to vexing problems. In the current moment, biologists, engineers and others in fields with established pipelines for translational research have sprung into action, working together to create life-saving diagnostics and therapeutics to help with the COVID-19 pandemic.

What Historians Will See When They Look Back on the Covid-19 Pandemic of 2020 by Audra D.S. Burch | New York Times
Wednesday, 07/08/20

Sherri Denney was in the fourth day of quarantine in her home in Springboro, Ohio, when she thought about the toll the coronavirus was taking. She sat in her recliner chair and cried as the state’s governor checked off the number of dead and sickened, knowing there would be more the next day. Overwhelmed, Ms. Denney, 55, tried to put her feelings into words.

German Humanities Scholars' Unusual Role by David Matthews | Inside Higher Ed
Wednesday, 07/08/20

In the struggle against the new coronavirus, humanities academics have entered the fray -- in Germany, at least. Arguably to a greater extent than has happened in Britain, France or the U.S., the country has enlisted the advice of philosophers, historians of science, theologians and jurists as it navigates the delicate ethical balancing act of reopening society while safeguarding the health of the public.

Science Alone Can’t Solve Covid-19. The Humanities Must Help. by Anna Magdalena Elsner & Vanessa Rampton | Undark
Wednesday, 07/08/20

In recent months, world leaders have mobilized seemingly every technological resource at their disposal to stem the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic. Evidence and scientific opinion have gained newfound respect; decision makers have arguably become better at listening to scientists and following their directives.

Science and the humanities in the time of pandemic: better together by Kathryn Conrad, Cóilín Parsons & Julie McCormick Weng | The Irish Times
Wednesday, 07/08/20

In most of the world, expertise is making a comeback. We are placing our faith in healthcare professionals such as Dr Tony Holohan and Prof Philip Nolan to lead us through the current pandemic. In the US, where the ascent of experts is on shakier ground, Dr Anthony Fauci is the target of both immoderate adulation and inexplicable death threats.

How digital humanities can help in a pandemic by Celia Luterbacher | EPFL
Wednesday, 07/08/20

With the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, there is a race against the clock to implement science-based measures to protect society’s most vulnerable populations. Public engagement with data has never been more urgent, and as EPFL professor Robert West explains, digital humanities research has a key role to play.

Loss, Grief, and the Humanities in the Time of Pandemic | National Humanities Center
Wednesday, 07/08/20

The COVID-19 virus and the social distancing response have led to extraordinary disruptions in shared public life: closed schools, shuttered businesses, mass unemployment, and overwhelmed hospitals. Lost lives and shattered dreams abound. Among the sorrows are losses or changes of ritual: canceled graduations, weddings, and book launches; Passover Seders and Easter services conducted remotely over the internet.

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