Join Elizabethtown College experts for an interactive and informative speaker series regarding topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each week throughout April, Etown faculty and staff will present on issues surrounding the global crisis. These presentations are open to the public, and anyone can join the live Zoom sessions each Wednesday at 11 a.m. View the topics and more details below.
The Politics of Contagion | April 1
Not since the 2008-09 Great Recession and, prior to that, the Great Depression of the 1930s have national elections been conducted during an economic crisis. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 elections will be held in the midst of a combined public health, economic, and leadership crisis. This talk will explore the political impact of the pandemic and its implications for the forthcoming presidential, Congressional, and statewide elections.
Dr. E. Fletcher McClellan, Professor of Political ScienceDr. Fletcher McClellan is Professor of Political Science. A member of the Elizabethtown faculty for over 35 years, he has served in many leadership roles, including Dean of the Faculty, President of the Faculty Assembly, and department chair. His published works have appeared in PS: Political Science and Politics and the Journal of Political Science Education. He teaches the capstone seminar in political science and legal studies and courses in American government, public administration, and public policy. He will teach Campaign 2020: The American Electoral Process this fall. Additionally, he offers commentary on current politics for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star and WITF-FM.
Voices over Water: China, the US, and the Coronavirus | April 8
Here at Etown, the "Educate for Service" mission is an ingrained part of our collective experiences. Our heritage offers you today a specialized and unique perspective into how, when, where, and why in history Brethren have traveled to China to give comfort, aid, and compassion to the populations there suffering from conditions and diseases very much like our own 21st century experience with COVID-19. Join Drs. Jeff Bach and David Kenley for an amazing insight to the backstory behind a group of true American pioneers.
Dr. Jeffrey Bach, Director, Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies and Assoc. Professor of Religious StudiesDr. Jeff Bach is the Director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College and is also an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies. In addition to his research interests in the history of Pietist and Anabaptist groups, he has researched to work of Church of the Brethren missionaries in China from 1908 to 1951. He and Dr. Kenley jointly led a study tour to China in 2018.
Dr. David Kenley Director, Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking and Professor of Chinese HistoryDr. David Kenley is Director of the Center for Global Understanding and Peacebuilding and Professor of Chinese History at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. An expert on Chinese migration and overseas identity, his research has taken him all over the world. Committed to the concept of the scholar-teacher, Dr. Kenley is the author of three books and dozens of scholarly articles, chapters, and reviews.
Staying Out of the Deep End: Community Engagement in the Midst of Social Distancing | April 15
Community connection has never been more important, even as we are now physically isolated from many of our neighbors. Our communities are being challenged to rapidly adapt, maintaining physical distance while figuring out how to support everyone around us. Join Joel Janisewski for an in-depth look at how we can continue to build and rebuild community when our health depends on it.
Joel Janisewski, Director of Purposeful Life Pathways and Civic Participation Center for Community and Civic EngagementJoel directs the Center for Community and Civic Engagement, which coordinates a broad range of service and engagement programs in partnership with community benefit organizations from throughout the area, including service projects and trips, and Community Based Learning courses. Prior to coming to Elizabethtown College, he worked with grassroots community organizations in Illinois and an education startup in Connecticut.
Under the Microscope Lens: What Is Coronavirus? | April 22
Advanced complex rhinovirus… Covid-19… Coronavirus – what is it really? Why doesn’t it act like the flu, be it swine, avian or H1N1? How, scientifically, can we make ourselves more aware of precisely what this virus is and does? Join two Etown teaching biologists as we collectively explore the complexities of what makes Covid-19/Coronavirus such a unique entity… and what we can do individually to take care of ourselves and each other.
Dr. Jodi Lancaster, Assoc. Professor, Molecular BiologyDr. Jodi L. Lancaster, Associate Professor and Chair of the Biology department, has taught a wide range of courses across the department’s curriculum, most notably Immunology. Her scholarship focuses on how the immune response is affected by release of the steroid hormone, cortisol, during acute and chronic stress.
Dr. Debra Wohl, Professor, BiologyDr. Debra Wohl, Professor of Biology and Chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee, has taught across the department’s curriculum. Her scholarship focuses on microbial community dynamics with her research on built environments, agricultural landscapes, and the oral microbiome presented and published in both national and international venues.
Our Viral Experience: The COVID -19 Public Health Crisis | April 29
Where were you just one month ago? Chatting with the clerk in the grocery store? Coaching your child’s soccer game? Taking the train with some friends into Philadelphia? Just 30 days removed from what feels like an entirely different universe, the world has been tilted on its axis by something no larger than the eye of a flea. Today we examine just what it means to be waist deep in a public health crisis, and how such crises affect us individually and collectively.
Dr. Debbie Waltermire Burton, Assist. Professor, Occupational TherapyDr. Waltermire Burton, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, has a primary clinical background in adult psychiatry and has also worked as a consultant in an acute care medical center with a physical rehabilitation program.