Biweekly, Friday 2-4, Week 1
Pandemics have been with us since ancient Greece and have occurred throughout the centuries. The Black Death plague and the Spanish Flu killed millions, but we don’t commemorate them as we do wars. In our lifetime we have witnessed AIDS, Ebola, SARS, Zika, and now Covid-19. This workshop will look at epidemics, plagues, and pandemics and their impact on society. What can we learn from past pandemics? How do societies change after pandemics? Are conspiracy theories and scapegoating common? How do politics and epidemics interface? What are the implications for civil liberties and privacy? Are pandemics inevitable? What’s in store for the future? Each participant will be expected to research one topic and make a presentation to be followed by discussion. Suggested topics and references, with many online articles, will be provided.
Yvette Matyas (firstname.lastname@example.org) worked for over 20 years in healthcare administration, including leading teams and facilitating retreats. She has co-facilitated workshops on Architecture, Reflections on Aging, and Dancing and welcomes the opportunity to explore a variety of perspectives on pandemics with other Academicians at this critical time.
Thea Herman (email@example.com) is a retired judge, lawyer and senior civil servant. In retirement, she is enjoying pursuing various interests, including Spanish and music (flute and piano). She is a co-facilitator of the dance workshop. Thea welcomes the opportunity to explore a variety of perspectives on pandemics with other Academicians at this critical time.