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Shaadi Khoury

Understanding: Arts and Humanities Perspectives

These presentations explore the nature and effects of COVID-19 through the Arts and Humanities disciplines.

Essential Questions

  • How are public health and racial politics related in the United States, South Africa and Palestine/Israel?
  • What’s in a name? What is the effect of calling diseases the “Spanish Flu” and the “Chinese virus"? What was the experience of African-American during the Influenza Pandemic? How did health relate to racial politics in South Africa in 1918-1919, and what is the situation in Israel and Palestine today?

To Do:

  1. Watch the video.
  2. Participate in the discussion forums using these questions:
  • What is the nature of the relationship between public health crises and racial politics?
  • In what ways do public health crises highlight or exacerbate racial disparities and conflicts?
  • In what ways do public health crises offer opportunities to ameliorate or repairracial disparities and conflicts?
  • How do the racial disparities and conflicts associated with the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 compare to those present today with COVID-19?
  • In addition to issues of race, how do epidemics and public health crises relate to questions of socioeconomic class and inequality? Of gender? Of war? Of colonialism and decolonization?
  • What other questions would you like to discuss relating to the political and social dimensions of public health?


Day 1: Tuesday, April 21

09:45 - 10:45
Opening Plenary: What Is COVID-19?

11:30 - 12:30
Understanding: STEM Perspectives

Stories of Survival

14:00 - 15:00
Understanding: Arts and Humanities Perspectives

Day 2: Wednesday, April 22

09:30 - 10:30
Overview and Plenary Session

10:30 - 11:15
Synthesis and Application: Guests

11:45 - 12:30
Synthesis and Application: King’s Academy Faculty

13:30 - 14:15
Closing Plenary

Closing Notes and Charge