New YSU Lecture Series Examines How Pandemics Change the World

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown State University will begin a new lecture series with a discussion on the social and cultural impacts of pandemic on Friday.

The roundtable discussion, which begins at 2 p.m. is free to watch on Zoom. It will be moderated by Martha Pallante, Charles Darling Endowed Faculty Chair in American Social History at YSU.

“The goal of the series is to highlight the impacts of COVID-19 and other pandemics on diverse communities,” she said in a statement. “We have a wealth of expertise here at YSU that has not been systemically tapped during this period of crisis. We feel we have much to offer.” 

Taking part in the panel are history professor Daniel Ayana, humanities professor Alyssa Falcone, economics chairman Ou Hu, biology professor Gary Walker and health professions professor Mary Yacovone.

The second installation in the series will feature University of Mississippi Native American history professor Mikaela Morgane Adams, discussing the effects of the 1918-1920 influenza pandemic on Native Americans. She will give her presentation at 4 p.m. Feb. 18.

More lectures will be announced throughout the spring and early summer.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.