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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Wed, May 6, 2020

CHI Salon: “Inequality as Comorbidity: How Can American Studies Scholarship Help Us to Better Understand the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic?”

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and subsequent disparities in health outcomes have put into stark relief which lives may be judged more or less valuable. Firm in the belief that the spread of SARS-CoV-2 is exacerbated by the unequal distribution of social vulnerability, this Virtual Salon, hosted by the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, will highlight the ways that American studies scholars provide responses to how different segments of our society are disproportionately impacted by this emerging pandemic. Our panelists will offer their own responses to the current pandemic’s impacts on particular communities given their areas of specialization. They will also engage in a dialogue concerning issues such as the rise in anti-Asian violence, how Indigenous nations are suffering the highest rates of infection, and the role of religion and religious communities, as well as effects on immigrant and black workers. Other topics may include colonial contagion and connections to other epidemics like HIV/AIDS, in relation to intersectional and black feminist analysis.

Kiara Vigil is an assistant professor of American studies and the author of Indigenous Intellectuals: Sovereignty, Citizenship, and the American Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2015). (Moderator)

Jallicia Jolly is a predoctoral fellow in American studies and black studies at Amherst College. (Panelist)

Lloyd Barba is an assistant professor in the Department of Religion. (Panelist)

Lili Kim is a CHI Fellow and visiting faculty in the history department. (Panelist)

Sony Coráñez Bolton is an assistant professor in the Spanish department and Latinx and Latin American studies. (Panelist)

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Virtual Pop-Up Series: Career Q+A with the Class of 2008--Virginia Lora, Independent Radio & Podcast Producer

We know it’s a difficult time to be a student—the pandemic is disrupting all aspects of life, and the challenging economy is impacting job and internship experiences. We thought 2008 grads who graduated from Amherst during the Great Recession could relate. In this pop-up series your questions will take center stage.

Join us as we:
--learn about the challenges 2008 grads faced in early career experiences --explore how they’re navigating work during the pandemic
--and get industry-specific considerations for what’s ahead

Our next 2008 alum guest is Virginia Lora, a bilingual independent radio and podcast producer. She recently completed a reporting fellowship with NPR’s Latino USA and is currently an associate producer for Feeling My Flo, a reported podcast for tweens about all things menstruation. Check out her LinkedIn profile or some of her stories , and then let us know if you have questions you'd like to ask her during the talk! You can submit your questions for Virginia here: https://forms.gle/ZryZc6xMR6ng7TYG7