The Coronavirus Multispecies Reading Group Talked with Dr. Lakshmi Krishnan & Michelle Ogunwole about Racial Disparities, the 1918 Pandemic and COVID 19
On July 20, 2020, the Coronavirus Multispecies Reading Group invited Dr. Lakshmi Krishnan and Michelle Ogunwole to talk about racial disparities, the 1918 pandemic and COVID 19. Their research shows how critical structural inequities and health care gaps shaped the contours of the 1918 influenza pandemic, and have ongoing consequences for medical inequality that disproportionately impacts communities of color. The discussion was centered around the article titled “Historical Insights on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, and Racial Disparities: Illuminating a Path Forward,” co-authored by Dr. Lakshmi Krishnan, Dr. S. Michelle Ogunwole and Dr. Lisa A. Cooper.
The Coronavirus Multispecies Reading Group, hosted by Associate Professor Eben Kirksey (Deakin) and coordinated by Dr. Rachel Vaughn (UCLA), spontaneously formed on Facebook early in the coronavirus pandemic. Together the group is delving into the primary literature—reading papers from journals like Science and Nature—alongside classic essays from the field of multispecies ethnography. It has become a forum where established coronavirus researchers, veterinarians, and molecular biologists have entered into conversation with leading social scientists, artists, historians, philosophers, and cultural theorists.
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