The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of our lives and reporting on epidemiological data has become almost a routine, daily occurrence. Since early in the pandemic, I have been on the OSU Comprehensive Monitoring Team that has been advising the Ohio Department of Health. One important theme throughout this work has been operating under uncertainty. As with any novel disease, there was and still is uncertainty about the disease itself. However, there is also uncertainty about the data that we can collect to try to understand rates of infection across space and time and to identify emerging areas of concern. It is critical to consider this uncertainty within the decision-making process. During this talk, I will discuss several areas where I have contributed to the response to COVID-19 including a seroprevalence study, surveillance, and an excess deaths analysis. I will particularly focus on the importance of thinking beyond the data that are observed to consider the context and the quality of what are observed. Through these examples, I will highlight important contributions of statistical and epidemiological methods and thinking.
In this conversation, John McWhorter and Ilan Stavans will discuss how language reveals the anger we carry inside, as well as how “nasty” words change over time. This event is part of the Politics and Poetry: A Point/Counterpoint Series, which examines our current crossroads, both nationally and globally, from the perspective of opinion writers, poets, activists, linguists and historians.
John McWhorter teaches linguistics, philosophy and music history at Columbia University; hosts Slate’s Lexicon Valley podcast; and is contributing editor at The Atlantic. He has written over 20 books, including The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language (2001), Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English (2008) and Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America's Lingua Franca (2017). His next books will be Nine Nasty Words and The Elect (both 2021).
Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities and Latin American and Latino Studies at Amherst and the publisher of Restless Books. His most recent books are The Seventh Heaven: Travels Through Jewish Latin America (2019), How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish (2020) and Selected Translations: Poems 2000-2021 (2021). He is the recipient of numerous international awards and honors, and his work has been translated into 20 languages and adapted into film, radio, TV and theater.
In our latest installment of the Vocal Action series, the Choral Society and the QRC presents a discussion with various choral conductors and ensemble leaders about anti-racist practice in ensemble work, from the inter-personal, to the selection and preparation of repertoire, and beyond. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of leaders in modeling anti-racist action/behavior in and out of rehearsal/performance, and their role in maintaining ensemble culture.
Featuring: Felicia Barber, PhD., Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Westfield State University; Emilie Amrein, DMA., Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at University of San Diego; and Brent Talbot, PhD., Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College.
This program was made possible by support from the Arts at Amherst Initiative.
Join Confluences for a celebratory reading of four recently published pieces: “Wise and Bright” by Seoyeon Kim; “‘Deafinitely’: The Racialization of Black Communication in the U.S.A.” by Eniola Ajao; “20 Words that Painted My World” by Clara Seo; and “Sounding American” by Isabelle Doerre Torres. Come listen to writers and their translators read and talk about their original works and translations in different languages, including Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Italian, French and Portuguese. Everyone is welcome to the event, regardless of the language you speak!