Pandemic Perspectives

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Pandemic Perspectives: Stories Through Collections

Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Tuesday Colloquium

Join Via Zoom 4 - 5 p.m. ET

Join curators and historians for an engaging series of panel discussions offering perspectives on the current pandemic. Panelists will virtually share objects from the past as a springboard to a lively discussion of how to better understand the present. Audience questions are encouraged and will be addressed in the moderated dialogue.


Previously Recorded Sessions


September 29, 2020: Fear and Scapegoating during a Pandemic
Moderator:
    Alexandra Lord, PhD, National Museum of American History
Panelists:
    Theodore Gonzalves, PhD, National Museum of American History
    Erika Lee, PhD, University of Minnesota
    Natalia Molina, PhD, University of Southern California
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October 6, 2020 Pandemic Pursuits: How Your Ancestors Had Fun at Home
Moderator:
    Arthur Daemmrich, PhD, National Museum of American History
Panelists:
    Kenneth Cohen, PhD, University of Delaware
    Carlene Stephens, National Museum of American History
    Richard Levy, Game Inventor
Watch the recorded session


November 3, 2020: Voting During a Pandemic
Moderator:
    Peter Liebhold, National Museum of American History
Panelists:
    Jon Grinspan, PhD, National Museum of American History
    Lynn Heidelbaugh, National Postal Museum
    Duchess Harris, PhD, Macalester College
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November 24, 2020: Comfort Food During a Pandemic
Moderator:
    Peter Liebhold, National Museum of American History
Panelists:
    Ashley Rose Young, PhD, National Museum of American History
    Ximena Martin, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
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December 1, 2020: Public History During a Pandemic: Collecting COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter
Moderator:
    Alexandra Lord, PhD, National Museum of American History
Panelists:
    Anne Madarasz, PhD, Heinz History Center
    Rebecca Klassen, New York Historical Society
    Jason Hanson, History Colorado
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December 15, 2020: Looking Good on that Zoom Call: Personal Appearance During a Quarantine
Moderator:
    Arthur Daemmrich, PhD, National Museum of American History
Panelists:
    Crystal Moten, PhD, National Museum of American History
    Claire Jerry, PhD, National Museum of American History
    Gwen Kay, PhD, SUNY-Oswego
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January 5, 2021: Racing for Vaccines
Moderator:
    Keith Wailoo, PhD, Princeton University
Panelists:
    Paul Offit, MD, University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Diane Wendt, National Museum of American History
    Col (Ret) John Grabenstein, PhD, founder, Vaccine Dynamics
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January 19, 2021: Mask Up!
Moderator:
    Peter Liebhold, National Museum of American History
Panelists:
    Alexandra Lord, PhD, National Museum of American History
    Michelle McClellan, PhD, Bentley Library, University of Michigan
    Clara Berg, Museum of History and Industry
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February 2, 2021: Race and Place: Yellow Fever and the Free African Society in Philadelphia
Moderator:
    Alexandra Lord, PhD, National Museum of American History
Panelists:
    David Barnes, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
    Vanessa Northington Gamble, M.D., PhD, George Washington University
    Simon Finger, PhD, The College of New Jersey
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February 16, 2021: Essential Workers: Prestige Versus Pay
Moderator:
    Alexandra Lord, PhD, National Museum of American History
Panelists:
    Peter Liebhold, National Museum of American History
    Molly Kinder, Brookings Institute
    Jacob Remes, New York University, Gallatin
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March 23, 2021: How the National Museum of American History is Collecting COVID-19
Moderator:
    Arthur Daemmrich, PhD, National Museum of American History
Panelists:
    Shannon Perich, National Museum of American History
    Alexandra Lord, PhD, National Museum of American History
    Benjamin Filene, PhD, National Museum of American History
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