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Muskie School and UM Graduate and Professional Center hosting free COVID-19 webinar series

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The defining issue of 2020, COVID-19, is becoming a fall class.

Following up a popular summertime webinar, USM’s Muskie School of Public Service and the University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center are offering a semester-long webinar series on the Covid-19 pandemic that weaves together perspectives from public health, policy, law, and business.

It’s title is “Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic: Resilience and Recovery.”

The series —  which is free to the public — will feature online lectures delivered by University of Maine System experts in the fields of public health, policy, law, and business.

Two special guests — Dr. Nirav Shah, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Dora Mills, Chief Health Improvement Officer at MaineHealth — are returning to kick off the lectures on Sept. 3rd.  

The series aims to help people gain a stronger understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic, its local and global impact, and the recovery from it. USM students will have the chance to take the class for credit, too.

The Muskie School, University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center and the many partners are excited to work together and learn from one another on this multidisciplinary collaboration, said Firooza Pavri, the director of the Muskie School and a professor of Geography.

“The summer version of our course was so successful and garnered much interest from students and the public that we decided to offer an expanded set of lectures involving additional faculty from across the Muskie School, the School of Social Work, the University of Maine School of Law, and the USM and UM Business Schools,” Pavri said.

Almost 600 people signed up for the summer class.

“This fall, in addition to our featured guests from state government and the nonprofit sector, we will hear from faculty experts on the socio-economic impacts of Covid-19 on vulnerable populations, the legal implications from the pandemic, and the rebuilding of the economy and society.”

This series will start on Sept. 3rd and conclude on Nov. 19. Registration is online.

Lectures will cover:

  • Introduction to the series and the pandemic
  • Public health systems and health policy
  • Crisis management
  • Global and local disparities in impacts and outcomes (migrant + immigrant issues)
  • Privacy rights and freedoms during the pandemic
  • International law and federalism
  • Mental health and vulnerable populations
  • Criminal and social justice
  • Rebuilding the economy and Maine's nonprofit sector
  • Economic and workforce impacts and adaptations
  • Urban planning and rebuilding tourism