Racial inequality. Income inequality. Structural inequality. Health inequality. The novel coronavirus crisis has exposed issues of inequity and injustice that continue to shape local and nationwide responses. Join Columbia University professors Samuel K. Roberts, Jr., Mabel O. Wilson and their guests as they discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on Black life in New York City and beyond. Brought to you by the Institute for Research in African American Studies and the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University.
Episode 10 In the Era of COVID-19: Roundtable on Pandemic Vulnerability to Vaccine (In)Equity
In this special episode, hosts Samuel Roberts and Mabel O. Wilson convene a roundtable with Prof. Wafaa El-Sadr, MD of Columbia University, Prof. Gregg Gonsalves of Yale University, and Dr. Bisola Ojikutu of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital to discuss how structural inequities and racism impact the lived (and dying) experiences during this ongoing pandemic.
Episode 09 In the Era of COVID-19: Prof. Alondra Nelson on Science, Technology, and Social Inequality
In the final episode of this series, our hosts Samuel Roberts and Mabel O. Wilson speak with Prof. Alondra Nelson, president of the Social Science Research Council. Prof. Nelson shares her observations on the changes, adaptations, and recurring issues that have unfolded during the novel coronavirus pandemic through a sociological lens. Please join us here for future episodes on Black Lives.
Episode 08 In the Era of COVID-19: Prof. Steven Thrasher on the Criminalization of Disease and Poverty
In our eighth episode, hosts Samuel Roberts and Mabel O. Wilson speak with Prof. Steven Thrasher of Northwestern University. Prof. Thrasher discusses his work on social justice and the LGBTQ community, including the ways that “racism, homophobia, policing, medicine, incarceration, culture, and health intersect.” Thrasher also discusses the ways the HIV epidemic has shaped our current coronavirus response, as well as his upcoming project.
Episode 07 In the Era of COVID-19: Prof. Jelani Cobb on the Pandemic, History, and our ‘American Spring'
In this episode, Samuel Roberts and Mabel O. Wilson are in conversation with Jelani Cobb, author and Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism. Prof. Cobb talks about our current circumstances - the coronavirus crisis and the ongoing uprisings stemming from police violence - through a historical and journalistic lens. Included in this discussion are this year’s election and Cobb’s upcoming book project.
Episode 06 In the Era of COVID-19: Saeeda Dunston on Providing Community Services During a Pandemic
In our sixth episode, Samuel Roberts and Mabel O. Wilson are joined by Saeeda Dunston, executive director of Elmcor Youth & Adult Activities, Inc., a non-profit, multi-service organization located in Queens, New York. Ms. Dunston speaks about how the novel coronavirus has impacted those receiving support, how Elmcor is dealing with the increasing need for services, and what organizing looks like in the current era.
Episode 05 In the Era of COVID-19: Matt Swain on Being an Essential Healthcare Worker During the Crisis
This week, our hosts Samuel Roberts and Mabel O. Wilson speak with Matt Swain, a hospital worker who shares his experience of working during the pandemic. Mr. Swain discusses the changes he witnessed to protocols and procedures at his job, issues with personal protective equipment, and his own concerns over exposure to the virus. Swain also talks about the more personal aspects of functioning during the crisis in New York City.