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AAA Webinar March 20- Coronavirsu

The AAA will be hosting a webinar put on by the Society for Medical Anthropology special interest group Anthropological Responses to Health Emergencies (ARHE). This webinar will focus on the current COVID-19 pandemic. Topics covered will include overview of the outbreak, misinformation and logics, Fear, Stigma, and steps forward. We will conclude with an interactive question and answer session. As a field, anthropologists have a lot to offer in terms of rapid and effective responses during health emergencies. We are excited to invite all participants to actively engage in a conversation about response efforts.

Abstract: On January 20, 2020 the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a ‘public health emergency of international concern’. Since that time the virus has spread to over 100 countries and surpassed 100,000 confirmed cases globally. On March 11, 2020 WHO assessment was shifted to declare COVID-19 a pandemic. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has been responding to the rapidly spreading outbreak in the United States. As community spread transmission increases throughout the country steps toward mitigation are essential. Social distancing practices are being implemented with the hopes of ‘flattening the curve’ to give health care systems the ability to respond. While understanding the epidemiological components of the virus are essential, we also need social science perspectives included to ensure the best collaboration possible across expertise.

  • 1:00- 1:05 Kristin Hedges, Ph.D. (Grand Valley State University) Welcome and Introduction
  • 1:05-1:25 Jennifer Nuzzo, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins): Overview of current COVID-19 outbrea
  • 1:25-1:45 Samuel Spies, Ph.D. (Social Science Research Council): Misinformation, Logics and Tactics
  • 1:45-2:05 Monica Schoch-Spana, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins): Fear, Stigma, Steps Forward
  • 2:05-2:30 Question / Answer session Moderated by Kristin Hedges

Registration Attending the webinar in free and open to the public. Choose ‘AAA webinar’ as ‘meeting type’ In order to register for the webinar please visit:

Studying Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humans. The sub-fields within anthropology are Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, and Linguistics. Anthropology as a discipline teaches/promotes:

  • holism - the concept that all aspects of human behavior are interrelated and important in understanding what it means to be human,
  • cross-cultural analyses - to understand the wide range of diversity in human behavior in order to eliminate prejudice and bias,
  • human diversity  - uses a variety of methods to observe and measure the range of human behavior and culture,
  • problem solving - using Applied Anthropology to assess and solve social problems.

Anthropological perspectives provide students with unique abilities to contribute to standard job skills such as: diversity sensitivity, management, interviewing techniques, research/program design, statistical/survey techniques, teaching/training, communication.

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