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Pandemic America: Where the &$@! Are We Heading?

Posted by on Thursday, October 7, 2021 in Events, Home, News, News Home.

Webinar: Tues., Nov. 2, 2:30-3:30pm CST (3:30-4:30pm EST)

Photo courtesy of Herb Williams, The Rymer Gallery

Pandemics, elections, national reckonings with racism and inequity, fires as far as the eye can see, and a host of other shpilkes-inducing stressors should bring us together in common cause. But instead, to quote Chris Hayes, we’re either “going through a slow-motion nervous breakdown or it’s basically always like this and now we have lots of documentation.”

Where the heck are we going? Are we collectively traumatized?  And-or do we need each other to stay sane?

This panel of leading thinkers and doers will provide insight into where we’ve been, where we are headed—and what we can do about it.

The event is free and open via Zoom webinar with registration – and will be filmed hybrid-style in front of a live student audience at Vanderbilt University.


Moderator: Jonathan Metzl, Director, Department of Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University

The Future of Women’s Reproductive Rights: Hon. Stacey Newman (Executive Director, #ProgressWomen; former Democratic member of the Missouri House of Representatives (2009-2019)

The Future of Addiction: Sam Quinones (Journalist and storyteller; author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic; visiting writer in residence, Vanderbilt MHS)

The Future of Social Justice Movements: Melissa Harris-Perry (Maya Angelou Presidential Chair @Wake Forest University;  founder and president, Anna Julia Cooper Center; interim host of The Takeaway from WNYC public radio)

The Future of Narrative: Caroline Randall Williams (award-winning poet, young adult novelist, and cookbook author; Writer/Professor, Vanderbilt MHS)

Student Q&A moderated by MHS professor Celina Callahan-Kapoor


Registration is required.  Register HERE: