The Pandemic: Science and Society

View full lectures from the intensive three-week course.

The course "The Pandemic: Science and Society" provided an in-depth, intensive look at the myriad ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic affects our society. One of our primary goals is to share this content widely to amplify its reach and effect. All recorded lectures are available to our WashU community and the general public on the course's YouTube playlist

For further information and inquiries, please contact covidcourse@wustl.edu

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Session 1: Introduction to The Pandemic: Science and Society

Krista Milich, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Anthropology
Julia López, PhD, MPH, LCSW, Washington University School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Session 1 on YouTubeAudio only version of session 1

 

Session 2: Emerging infectious diseases and COVID-19 transmission

David Wang, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, Departments of Molecular Microbiology and Pathology & Immunity
Jose-Luis Jimenez, PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder
Session 2 on YouTube | Audio only version of session 2

 

Session 3: Science communication, testing, and contact tracing

Ed Yong, Science Journalist at The Atlantic
Sarah Paige, MPH, PhD, CORE Group
Session 3 on YouTube | Audio only version of session 3

 

Session 4: Effective health messaging

Alvitta Ottley, Washington University in St. Louis, McKelvey School of Engineering
Tania Schlatter, MDes, Harvard University
Penina Acayo Laker, MFA, Washington University in St. Louis
Session 4 on YouTube | Audio only version of session 4

 

Session 5: Crisis leadership and processing information from graphs, tables, and descriptions

Joshua Sharfstein, PhD, The Johns Hopkins University
Jeffrey Zacks, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
Session 5 on YouTube  | Audio only version of session 5

 

Session 6: Understanding the numbers and the stigma of testing

Rachel Penczykowski, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Biology
Shanti Parikh, PhD, Washington University, Department of Anthropology and Department of African and African American Studies
Session 6 on You TubeAudio only version  of session 6

 

Session 7: Treatment, safety, and health disparities in the time of COVID-19

Krista Milich, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Anthropology
Utibe Essien, MD, MPH, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Session 7 on YouTube Audio only version of session 7

 

Session 8: Epidemics in Indian Country and implications for homelessness and evictions

Siobhan Wescott, MD, MPH, Assistant Director, Indians Into Medicine, University of North Dakota
Patrick Fowler, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, Brown School
Session 8 on YouTube | Audio only version of session 8

 

Session 9: Impact on disabled, queer, and trans communities and on markets

Shanna Kattari, PhD, MEd, CSE, ACS, University of Michigan
Krista Milich, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Anthropology 
Session 9 on You Tube  | Audio only version of session 9

 

Session 10: Impact of COVID on the environment and the workforce

Krista Milich, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Anthropology
Pauline Kim, JD, Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law
Session 10 on YouTubeAudio only version  of session 10

 

Session 11: Mental health and student loan debt during the pandemic

Colin Ennis, PsyD, Private practice
Fenaba Addo, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, School of Human Ecology
Session 11 on YouTube | Audio only version of session 11

 

Session 12: The economy during lockdown and art in the time of COVID

Yongseok Shin, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Economics
Heather Bennett, MFA, Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Session 12 on YouTube | Audio only version of session 12

 

Session 13: Immunity, therapeutic interventions, and the impact of COVID on intimate partner violence

Ali Ellebedy, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Pathology & Immunology
Jaszmine Parks, BA, Safe Connections
Phoenix (Kerrie) Lintner, Safe Connections
Session 13 on YouTube | Audio only version of session 13

 

Session 14: Child development, working families, and incarceration during COVID

Robin Nelson, PhD, Santa Clara University
Harvey Galler, Washington University in St. Louis, Prison Education Project
Session 14 on YouTube | Audio only version  of session 14

 

Session 15: Higher education and the COVID-19 pandemic

Andrew D. Martin, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis
Session 15 on YouTube