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Lecture series open to the public

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​Vi-rus [/ˈvīrəs/]: an infective agent that typically consists of a nucleic acid 
molecule in a protein coat, is too small to be seen by light microscopy,
and is able to multiply only within the living cells of a host.​

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​Vi·ral·i·ty [/ˌvīˈralədē/]: the tendency of an image, video, or piece of
information to be circulated rapidly and widely from one internet
user to another; the quality or fact of being viral.​

This series explores the effects of viruses and virality around the globe from historical, cultural, and political perspectives. Presenters will discuss the expansion of viruses through the lens of epidemiology, anthropology, geography and literature. In addition, “virality”—a term that became part of the English vocabulary in 1994—will be addressed through history and the study of social media.​

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:20 p.m.
Alison Hall, Room 133

All visitors to campus must adhere to University COVID protocols​

For further information, please contact Carla Guerrón Montero, Department of Anthropology​

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image of the coranovirus

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Feb. 8: Introductions and information about the course (only for students taking the series for credit)

Feb. 15: Jennifer Trivedi, Anthropology & Disaster Research Center
Recoveries, Risks, and Recognitions: Covid-19 and Chronic Illness in America Filtered Through an Autoethnographic Anthropological Lens

Feb. 22: Daniel Kinderman, Political Science & International Relations and European Studies
The Virality of Right-wing Populism in Europe and Beyond

Mar. 1: Benét Burton, Delaware Art Museum/ Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Insidiously Sophisticated: From Blackface to Blackfishing

Mar. 8: Guy Golan, Strategic Communication (Texas Christian University)
Going Viral on Social Media

Mar. 15: Jennifer Horney, Epidemiology Program and Disaster Research Center
What’s Next? The Unmeasured Toll of COVID-19 on the Public’s Health​

Apr. 5: Luiz Trigo, School of Arts, Sciences, and Hu​manities (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
The Effects of COVID in the Tourism Industry in Latin America

Apr. 12: Richard Hanley, Philosophy
The Garden of Your Mind: How Memes Destroy Mill's Marketplace of Ideas

Apr. 19: Stephanie Porras, Art History and Chair, Newcomb Art Department (Tulane University)
An Early Modern Viral Image

Apr. 26: Ann H. Kelly, Anthropology & Global Health (Kings College, London)
Making of a Global Health Emergency: Dynamics of Global Health Attention and Neglect in the Ebola Outbreak Response

May 3: Amy Bleakley, Communication
What’s the Story? An Analysis of the COVID-19 Information Environment from 2020-2021

May 10: Molly Zuckerman, Anthropology & Middle Eastern Studies, (Mississippi State University)
Bioarchaeological & Paleopathological Approaches to Pandemics​

​May 17: Screening of documentary “Feels Good Man” (2020)
In Collaboration with University of Delaware’s Library, Museums, and Press​

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About the Series

This one-credit course satisfies a core requirement for the Global Studies major and minor.

For more information, visit our website

The Center for Global and Area Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences’ hub for world scholarship and engagement, supports academic programs in African, Asian, European, Islamic, Jewish, Latin American & Iberian, and Global Studies. CGAS also organizes lectures and events in global and area studies, develops related majors and minors, and awards.​

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