Culture, COVID-19 and Conversation
Culture, COVID-19 and Conversation is a symposium for Nebraskans to explore the common experience and varied responses to the pandemic across diverse cultural contexts and perspectives. The three-day event will be held virtually February 23-25. The public is invited to join.
The goal is to promote intercultural understanding among Nebraskans as it relates to the themes of public health, disease, health care, expectations of communities and governments during a global health emergency, and the way disease and culture intersect in a global health crisis.
Panelists will discuss the pandemic’s impact across local immigrant and refugee populations, college and secondary student bodies, as well as different global locations.
February 23 at 7 p.m. CST
Culture and COVID-19 in an International Comparative Context
Scholars with expertise in genocide, diasporas, gender, history, democracy, religion, and language bring their humanities perspectives to bear on the crisis, offering interdisciplinary views into how cultural and political forces have shaped different regions’ responses to the pandemic.
Rangira Béa Gallimore, Professor Emerita of French at the University of Missouri; originally from Rwanda; scholar of linguistics and gender in relation to the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda; certified trauma counselor and founder of Step Up! American Association for Rwandan Women
Ghan Shyam, Professor of History at Banaras Hindu University, Fulbright scholar with expertise in international relations, particularly democracy in south Asia and the Caribbean
Abla Hasan, Associate Professor of Practice of Arabic at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln; originally from Syria, Fulbright scholar; professor of Arabic with expertise in philosophy, religion, and gender studies
Gerise Herndon, Professor of English, International Studies Program Director, Nebraska Wesleyan University
February 24 at 5:30 p.m. CST
Culture and COVID-19 Among Immigrant Communities in Nebraska
Representatives from local community organizations will highlight the transnational realities of how the pandemic particularly affects migrants from various cultural contexts.
Tom Randa, executive director of Good Neighbor Community Center
Vanessa Martinez, organizing manager – Immigrants & Communities Program, Nebraska Appleseed; NWU alumna
Thu Le, Vietnamese community advocate and interpreter, Asian Community and Cultural Center
Sheila Dorsey Vinton, executive director of Asian Community and Cultural Center
February 25 at 4 p.m. CST
Navigating College, Culture and Work in the Age of COVID-19
Students with international experience share their unique perspective of learning, researching and working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Raissa Souza, master’s candidate in anatomy and neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine; 2019 NWU alumna from Brazil
Hyeon Wang, NWU senior political science major and current international student from South Korea
Han Le, NWU junior biochemistry and psychology major
Kamryn Pfenning, NWU senior biochemistry and modern language studies major
Manger Baw, life coach in the UNO Exploratory Studies Program, born in a refugee camp along the border of Thailand and Burma/Myanmar