Free UofG Course on Pandemics

Date and Time



Zoom lecture series


Retirees are eligible to register for this free course along with the alumni community. When this course was offered previously the registration filled up VERY quickly! Please Note: Registration closes December 22 at 3 pm.

Alumni and retirees can register here.

Pandemics: Culture, Science, and Society (UNIV*2020) has been created to foster knowledge of the current global COVID-19 pandemic as well as past pandemics that had far-reaching impacts on communities around the world. Its multidisciplinary and collaborative approach will blend expertise from all U of G colleges.

Taught by a number of faculty members, the course will explore infectious disease and pandemics through a range of lenses. Registered alumni/retirees will join U of G students in a weekly interdisciplinary webinar panel featuring faculty discussing the following topics associated with pandemics and COVID-19:
UNIV*2020 – Pandemics: Culture, Science and Society

  • Occurs every Tuesday evening, 7 PM – 8:50 PM EST
  • First class - Tuesday January 12
  • Final Class – Tuesday, April 6
  • Registering for this course means you are signed up for each week of lecture
  • Weekly emails are circulated to registered alumni/retirees that include a Zoom link to participate in the online lecture
Here are the weekly topics for this Winter:
  • January 12: Introduction - The Biological and Social Contexts of COVID-19/Pandemics
  • January 19: Modelling and Visualizing COVID-19
  • January 26: Public Reactions to COVID-19
  • February 2: Innovative Approaches for Detection and Prevention of COVID-19
  • February 9: Pandemic Disruptions and Engagements
  • February 23: COVID-19 and the Food System
  • March 2: COVID-19 and Non-Human Animals
  • March 9: The Diverse Lived Realities of COVID-19
  • March 16: Keeping Connected/Making Connections in a Pandemic
  • March 23: Asking Questions about Vaccine Development and Deployment
  • March 30: Adaptation and Resilience in Communities
  • April 6: TBD with class

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