Laptop Lectures

Recorded by faculty in social isolation, these two-minute talks connect ongoing humanities research to the COVID-19 pandemic.  While we adjust to new contexts for teaching, thinking, and writing, Laptop Lectures offer perspective on human experience in exceptional times.

Community, Classrooms, and COVID-19

Michael Hicks
, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Remote learning challenges faculty and students to find a sense of social community.

The Ancient Origins of Government Disaster Response

Steve Tuck
, Professor of Classics
Professor of Classics considers how The Roman Emperor Nero provides a surprising model of a leader’s role in disaster recovery.

Ciudad Corona: A Street Art Installation

Jana Braziel
, Western College Endowed Professor
Western College Endowed Professor, Jana Braziel, shares a Cuban artist's response to COVID-19’s impact on local and global communities.

A New New Deal?

Allan Winkler
, Emeritus Professor of History
Emeritus Professor Allan Winkler considers how Roosevelt’s New Deal could be a way out of the COVID-19 economic devastation.

The Diaries of Käthe Kollwitz

Erik Jensen
, Associate Professor of History
Erik Jensen discusses how the German artist Käthe Kollwitz found a way to persevere during the Spanish Flu of 1918.

Narratives of Aging in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Kate de Medeiros
, Professor of Gerontology
How does the COVID-19 pandemic intersect with familiar narratives of aging?

The Shroud of Turin in the Age of COVID-19

Andrew Casper
, Associate Professor of Art and Architecture History
A Christian relic asks us to think about how digital mediation changes our relationship to objects.

Cities and Epidemics

Steve Conn
, W. E. Smith Professor of History
What can history tell us about the future of American cities after the COVID-19 pandemic?

Voting Rights in a Time of Pandemic

Kimberly Hamlin
, Associate Professor of History
In 1918, the 19th Amendment passed the House and suffragists tried all year to get it through the Senate. Their efforts were complicated by the 1918 pandemic.