Global Views of COVID 19

Global Views of COVID19

Image Credit: Alexandra Blum, "Corona Nights" March 2020 by permission of the artist.

ORIAS created the Global Views of COVID 19 webinar series to help teachers deepen their understanding of the unfolding pandemic. We know that even as educators are grappling with the personal and professional effects of the current situation, they are also fielding questions from students about COVID 19. What can we expect in the coming weeks as the COVID 19 pandemic unfolds? And how does regional context affect the spread of the virus, political responses to the pandemic, and economic consequences for everyday people?

Each event in this series explores the pandemic in one region. You'll also find links to slidedecks, recordings (as available), and additional resources.


Session Titles

Responses and Perspectives in China, Taiwan and Italy

Lessons from the 1918 Flu Pandemic in India and Indonesia

Documenting a Pandemic: Past and Present

Middle East Context

Context and Responses in South Asia

The Unfolding Pandemic in Brazil

The Perspective from Rwanda

Challenges for Individuals with Pre-existing Health Conditions and Migrant Workers in Kazakhstan

Special Session of the TransAtlantic Educators Dialogue

Design Challenge: Imagining Classrooms in Fall 2020

Session Information

Recordings

Design Challenge: Imagining Classrooms in Fall 2020

What would school be like in Fall 2020 if teachers were the ones doing the planning?

This 2-hour program invited teachers to wrestle with the task of envisioning the next phase of education during this pandemic. The panel presentation portion of the program was recorded. It includes short presentations from: a public health expert, staff at California Federation of Teachers, and classroom teachers from Taiwan, Iceland, Canada, and San Francisco, CA about their experiences with in-person teaching during the pandemic.

After the presentations, participants spend time in facilitated discussion about protective measures that will likely be required of California teachers if/when they return to school in the Fall.

All discussion materials are available HERE. You are invited to download and modify them to help facilitate conversations in your own educational institution.

Design Challenge


Responses and Perspectives in China, Taiwan and Italy

March 30, 2020

The first webinar in the Global Views of COVID19 series looks at early hot-spots in the outbreak: China, Taiwan, and Italy. How did China respond to the outbreak and how can this response be understood in the broader context of modern Chinese society and politics? What accounted for Taiwan's early success against the spread of the virus? And what lessons does Italy have for the rest of us, as we watch the growth of the pandemic? The event features presentations by Huaying Bao, Dr. Qingyun Li, Dr. Eve Chiu, and Dr. Giulio Pugliese.

This webinar was a collaboration between ORIAS and the East Asia National Resource Center at George Washington University.

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Slidedeck for "Responses and Perspectives in China, Taiwan and Italy" (.pptx)

Slidedeck for "Responses and Perspectives in China, Taiwan and Italy" (googleslides)


Global Views of COVID19: Responses and Perspectives in China, Taiwan and Italy


Lessons from the 1918 Flu Pandemic in India and Indonesia

April 7, 2020

The second session in the Global Views on COVID 19 considers lessons we can learn from the 1918 global flu pandemic. There are plenty of resources describing the 1918/19 pandemic in the US and Western Europe, but how did it play out in other parts of the globe? Dr. Siddharth Chandra of Michigan State University describes aspects of that earlier pandemic in British India and colonial Indonesia and provides teachers with some suggestions for ways to think and teach about comparisons across time and place.

This session was inspired by an assignment created by teacher-leader Lauren Piraro. Her lesson, "We Have Been Here Before" is available on the Covid19 H-SS Resources page of the website for the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project.

Slidedeck for "Lessons from the 1918 Flu Pandemic in India and Indonesia" (.pptx)

Slidedeck for "Lessons from the 1918 Flu Pandemic in India and Indonesia" (googleslides)


Global Views of COVID 19: Lessons from the 1918 Flu Pandemic in India and Indonesia


Documenting a Pandemic: Past and Present

April 9, 2020

This webinar was co-sponsored by ORIAS and the UC Berkeley History Social-Science Project. It was inspired by a lesson created by teacher-leader Bryan Shaw, called the "COVID19 Student Journal assignment". 

In the webinar, Shaw opens the session with a discussion of the origins of the assignment. Dr. Monica Green, a historian of medicine and health, discusses the COVID19 Student Journal assignment. She then discusses ways different disciplines contribute to our understanding of past epidemics and pandemics and provides suggestions for ways to approach student-produced records of the current situation. The session ends with Q & A from the audience.

After Shaw created this assignment, other teachers made modifications to the original assignment to better fit the needs of their own students, including translating the assignment into multiple languages. Teachers are encouraged to modify the assignment to fit their needs and to share back their version of the assignment to UCB H-SSP. We also welcome the submission of student work associated with the assignment (with student permission).

More resources associated with the assignment are available on the COVID19 H-SS Resources page of the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project website.

Form to submit student work from the COVID 19 Student Journal assignment

Slidedeck from Documenting a Pandemic: Past and Present (.pptx)

Slidedeck from Documenting a Pandemic: Past and Present (googleslides)


Documenting a Pandemic: Past and Present


Middle East Context

April 14, 2020

The third session in the Global Views on COVID 19 explores the situation in the Middle East. How does the spread of COVID 19 in this region push us to reconsider ideas about security and international relations? The presenter for this session is Dr. Daniel Zoughbie, vice-chair of the Center for Middle East Studies at UC Berkeley and a scholar of international health, Middle East politics, and US foreign relations. 


There is no recording of this event.


Context and Responses in South Asia

April 17, 2020

4:00 - 5:00 PM (PDT)

The fourth session in the Global Views on COVID 19 takes a close look at events in modern South Asia. The primary focus will be India, where news over the past week has painted a grim picture of circumstances, especially for vulnerable populations, but participants are also introduced to events in other South Asian nations. This event will include a 30-minute talk by political scientist and journalist, Vasundhara Sirnate. 

Slidedeck from Context and Responses in South Asia (.pptx)

Slidedeck from Context and Responses in South Asia (googleslides)

Presentation notes, with links (PDF)


Global Views of COVID 19: Context and Responses in South Asia


The Unfolding Pandemic in Brazil

April 22, 2020

4:00 - 5:00 (PDT)

The fifth session in this series invites participants to consider the similarities and differences between the experiences in Brazil and the US. As in the US, in Brazil there is friction between the President and some leaders at regional levels about the seriousness of the pandemic and correct policy approaches to address it. How do events in Brazil and the US mirror one another, and in what ways do our experiences diverge? The presenter for this session is Dr. Elize Massard da Fonseca, assistant professor at the Sao Paulo Business School (EAESP/FGV).

This session of Global Views is co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies.

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Slidedeck for The Unfolding Pandemic in Brazil (.pptx)

Slidedeck for the Unfolding Pandemic in Brazil (googleslides)


Global Views of COVID 19 The Unfolding Pandemic in Brazil


The Perspective from Rwanda

April 25, 2020

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

(note this is a Saturday)

The sixth session in the Global Views on COVID 19 explores the experience of the pandemic in Rwanda. Continuing our theme of considering the importance of context, this presentation will explore policies and challenges addressing the COVID 19 pandemic. What steps has the government of Rwanda taken to limit spread of the disease? How are people and the government using different technologies to manage limitations on education and other public interactions? Also of interest: Rwanda is home to some of our close (endangered) primate cousins. What unique considerations has that required from Rwanda's government?

The speakers for this presentation will be Drs. Beth Kaplin and Nsengimana Venuste.

Slidedeck for The Perspective from Rwanda (.pptx)

Slidedeck for The Perspective from Rwanda (googleslides)


Global Views on COVID19: The Perspective from Rwanda


Challenges for Individuals with Pre-existing Health Conditions and Migrant Workers in Kazakhstan

April 30, 2020

3:00 - 4:00 PM

What happens when you can't tell your employer about your pre-existing medical condition? What if "going to work" includes migration? The seventh session in this series looks at these two global issues in the COVID 19 pandemic from the perspective of Kazakhstan. The session will focus on (1) the cases of people who are trying to stay safe, while also maintaining privacy about their HIV+ status and (2) issues related to migrant labor in this region. The presenter will be Dr. Alissa Davis, Assistant Professor at Columbia University School of Social Work.

This session of Global Views of COVID19 is a collaboration between ORIAS and the InnerAsian and Uralic National Resource Center at Indiana University, Bloomington.

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Slidedeck for Challenges for Individuals with Pre-existing Health Conditions and Migrant Workers in Kazakhstan (.pptx)

Slidedeck for Challenges for Individuals with Pre-existing Health Conditions and Migrant Workers in Kazakhstan (googleslides)


Global Views of COVID 19: pre existing health conditions and migrant workers in Kazakhstan


Special Session of the TransAtlantic Educators Dialogue

May 2, 2020

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Note: this session is on a Saturday

The Transatlantic Educators Dialogue is a program of the European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. This (fantastic) annual program brings together teachers from all over Europe and the United States in weekly virtual sessions to discuss, learn, and share knowledge on various international themes.

In this session of the Global Views series, TED opens its virtual doors to other teachers. Short presentations by teachers about their current teaching experiences will be followed by in-depth intercultural discussion in small groups.

This session is only open to current k-12 and community college educators.

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Slide deck featuring teachers' presentations (.pptx)

Slide deck featuring teachers' presentations (google slides)


There is no recording of this session.