Updated: May 26, 2020

Many University of Washington faculty members, staff and students are holding online lectures and seminars on topics related to COVID-19 and the novel coronavirus that causes it, in addition to sharing their expertise in the news.

You can find information about upcoming events and watch recordings of past events below, as well as find additional events on the calendars for the Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses.

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May 7 to June 25: Coexisting with COVID-19Tune In Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. through June 4, 2020 for Coexisting with Covid-19 - Moderated by Hanson Hosein, Co-Director, Communication Leadership UW Presented by the Graduate School Office of Public Lectures at the University of Washington

The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be more than just a threat to our health: it’s become a disruption of our way of life, affecting everything from supply chains, to the way we love, to what is considered essential work. How are we to think about and live amidst this “new normal”?

To answer this, the Graduate School’s Office of Public Lectures, in partnership with the Population Health Initiative, the Communication Leadership program within the Department of Communication, and many others, will host a weekly panel titled “Coexisting with COVID-19.”

Join moderator Hanson Hosein Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. for 30-minute livestream talks featuring faculty members from across the UW. The series is presented free of charge; advance registration required.

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Portrait of Hilary GodwinWednesdays: School of Public Health weekly webinar

School of Public Health Dean Hilary Godwin hosts a series of weekly webinars designed to share the latest updates on the School’s and the UW’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The webinars are open to all UW faculty, staff and students, while guidance provided is for students, staff and faculty with primary affiliations in the School of Public Health.

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Image of coronavirus cellsMay 7 to May 27: Bioethics and Humanities Grand Rounds – COVID-19 series

The UW Department of Bioethics and Humanities is holding a special Bioethics Grand Rounds series about COVID-19, offered via Zoom. The four-part series aims to provide practicing health care workers from across disciplines the opportunity to reflect on difficult ethical questions that have arisen during the pandemic. The interactive sessions are intended for professionals across the greater Seattle area and WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region, regardless of association with University of Washington.

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May 13 to June 17: Business recovery and reconstruction workshopsFoster Wednesdays: Covid-19 Recovery & Reconstruction

As owners of small- and medium-sized business are adjusting to economic changes wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty from the University of Washington Foster School of Business are offering a series of workshops to help companies pivot to new opportunities and position themselves for sustainable growth over the next two years. Each workshop will include both lectures from Foster School faculty and peer-to-peer discussions that will provide mutual support among business owners.

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Jackson School global conversations seriesApril 17 to June 12: COVID-19 global conversations

Sharing knowledge in times of global crisis is part of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies’ mission. Take a virtual journey around the world in an occasional series of global conversations between Jackson School faculty in Seattle and experts in other countries to help make sense of the world in the time of COVID-19.

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UW Autism Center logoWednesdays: COVID-19 tele-psychology ASD diagnosis consultation group

During this unprecedented time of social distancing, psychologists at the UW Autism Center have been successfully utilizing telehealth diagnostic procedures with families in an effort to increase access to services. Its approach is informed by the Vanderbilt TELE-ASD-PEDS model, a tool designed for use by providers and families during a telehealth assessment for autism. Sessions seek to share our experiences and to hear from other practitioners who have tried or are interested in trying remote ASD diagnostics with children. Psychologists or other medical professionals with ASD diagnostic practices are welcome to attend.

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Upcoming events

COVID-19 and the Mission of the U.S. Public University: A virtual town hallMay 27: COVID-19 and the mission of the U.S. public university

How have public universities responded to the COVID-19 pandemic? As university presidents look toward resuming in-person classes in the fall, what have they learned from the crisis, how will their institutions evolve as a result, and what might that mean for the future of higher education in America? President Ana Mari Cauce, Arizona State University President Michael Crow and Purdue University President Mitch Daniels will take part in a discussion hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

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Hands making a heart with the words "Your Grief is Your Grief: We each experience grief in a unique way"May 27: Ambiguous loss – Grieving in the time of COVID-19

Life as we knew it just a few weeks ago has been completely turned upside down. That feeling you are feeling but can’t seem to describe may be grief. How do we recognize the signs and symptoms of grief and how do we cope? This webinar from the Forefront Suicide Prevention Center and the Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center will give you an overview of what grief looks like at any time but especially during a time of ambiguous loss. We will talk about how to care for yourself and others in a time of uncertainty.

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Portrait of Dr. Anne BrowningMay 27: Next Generation Medicine Lecture – Wellness & resilience during COVID-19

During this challenging time of COVID-19, you may be experiencing stress, fear, grief and other complex emotions. Dr. Anne Browning, assistant dean for well-being with the UW School of Medicine and founding director of the UW Resilience Lab, will share ways to stay healthy, manage anxiety and cope with the uncertainty of what’s to come. This free webinar is sponsored by the UW School of Medicine-Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership.

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Portrait of Enrico LettaMay 28: The European response to COVID-19

The UW Jackson School of International Studies is hosting a a virtual lecture featuring Enrico Letta, former prime minister of Italy, in conversation with Jackson School Director Reşat Kasaba as part of the “U.S. in the World” speaker series. Please register prior to 11:30 a.m. on May 28 in order to obtain the livestream link.

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A Community Conversation: Community Engagement & Advocacy in the Time of Social Distancing. Thursday, May 28, 5 to 6:30 p.m.May 28: Community engagement & advocacy in the time of social distancing

The UW Tacoma Office of Community Partnerships is hosting an online community conversation on how to move forward with community engagement activities during distancing restrictions required by the pandemic. It will cover topics including how to bring together a diverse group of community members, organization, faculty and staff, and will discuss creative and innovative ways community groups are still doing their work today, considering social distancing norms.

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A black-and-white photo of the Paramount Theater entrance. Its marquee reads: "This is just intermission. We'll see you soon."May 29: What the past can teach us about where the world might go next

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended how we work, learn and live. How have societies coped with great crises before? How have they changed afterward? We invite our students and their households and families to join UW History faculty for a roundtable on how the past can inform our present and future. The event is free and open to the public. You will receive the link to the Zoom livestream upon registration.

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Chronicle of Higher Education VIrtual Roundtable: Leading an Institution Through an Unprecedented CrisisJune 1: Leading an institution through an unprecedented crisis

For more than three months, college leaders have worked quickly to adapt to the COVID-19 crisis. They’ve had to make countless short-term judgment calls while attempting to weigh longer-term ramifications. Despite looming uncertainty, colleges have to move forward and plan for the future. UW President Ana Mari Cauce, Oberlin College President Carmen Twillie Ambar, president of Oberlin College and California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White will take part in a virtual roundtable hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education focusing on fundamental changes to the role of the president and leaders’ emerging insights into crisis management and campus communication.

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Two men talking to conductor on a trolley to Green Lake in the early 1900sJune 2: Pandemic then (and now) – COVID-19 through the lens of the 1918 influenza crisis

In 1918 an influenza pandemic swept around the globe. Some 50-100 million people died worldwide, 675,000 of them Americans. As we experience our own pandemic in 2020, the parallels are striking. Professor Nancy Bristow will explore Americans’ differential experiences with the 1918 pandemic as well as the public health and popular reactions that emerged in response to the scourge, and will suggest some insights this history offers as we face the complex challenges and choices COVID-19 is presenting to our local, national, and global communities.

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College of the Environment / School of Public Health - University of Washington / Amplify special edition: Conversations about science communicationJune 4: What the COVID-19 pandemic tells us about science in society – A conversation with Ed Yong and Liz Neeley

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched every part of our global society, putting science and scientists in the front seat as we navigate this crisis. Join the UW College of the Environment and School of Public Health for a live discussion with deans Lisa Graumlich and Hilary Godwin and special guests Liz Neeley, executive director of the Story Collider, and Ed Yong, staff writer covering science and the coronavirus for The Atlantic. This event is a special edition of Amplify, hosted by the College of the Environment, a series of conversations among faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students from across the UW that explores the intersection of science and society, the role of science journalism and science communication and how to make sense of all the information and turn it in to action.

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2020 Grad ExperienceJune 4: Husky alumni panel – Launching and navigating your career in uncertain times

UW Tacoma alumni from various class years, who graduated during economic downturns, life challenges or extreme circumstances, will share how they navigated their job search, networked, launched their careers and secured employment during uncertain times. They will also share how their work life has changed due to the current impact of COVID-19.

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Recordings of past events

UW & WSU present: A statewide conversation on healthy digital practicesApril 9: Surviving the coronavirus infodemic

COVID-19 is more than just a physical illness — inaccurate and incomplete information spreads just as rapidly around the globe, complicating efforts to contain the virus and keep communities safe and healthy. Experts from the University of Washington and Washington State University addressed coronavirus misinformation. Panelists shared tools and tips for concerned citizens to cut through the confusion and build healthier information practices.

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Photos of Ken Meyer, Xiao Wang and Dan RosenApril 10: Negotiating startup life through a crisis

CoMotion’s Ken Meyer moderated a discussion with entrepreneur Xiao Wang and investor Dan Rosen on leading a startup through the COVID-19 crisis as part of CoMotion’s Fundamentals for Startups series.

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Ana Mari CauceMay 1: COVID-19 town hall

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis have upended lives and disrupted operations across the University of Washington. President Ana Mari Cauce hosted a virtual town hall on May 1 with a panel of UW leadership to address questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our community and what the future holds.

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Image of COVID-19April 9 to May 14: Law in the time of COVID-19

This series examines legal issues at play in managing or reacting to the global public health crisis. The course features public panels on various political, constitutional and legal principles involved in short- and long-term crisis response efforts, with an ultimate focus on students’ opportunities to learn about and help Seattle’s most vulnerable communities.

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Exploring and understanding the COVID-19 pandemicApril 13 to May 18: Exploring and understanding the COVID-19 pandemic

This six-seminar series provides a general overview of the COVID-19 pandemic. These weekly sessions are facilitated by UW faculty members who are coronavirus and pandemic preparedness experts, including from the Department of Global Health, School of Medicine and School of Public Health.

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Illustration of people social distancingMay 19: State policymaking in times of crisis

The UW Department of Political Science is offering this first virtual faculty panel examining the roles that state governments are and will be playing in addressing the numerous effects of the COVID-19 epidemic. Topics to be covered include state public health responses, safety-net policy variations and 2020 election administration.

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Headshot of Chris Reykdal. He is wearing glasses and a grey suit.May 20: The impact of COVID-19 on school mental health in Washington

The University of Washington School Mental Health Assessment, Research, & Training (SMART) Center – a collaboration between the UW School of Medicine and College of Education – presents the 2020 Virtual SMART Speaker Series. This third session features Washington state Superintendent Chris Reykdal to discuss how the pandemic is affecting young learners. Open to the public; advance registration required.

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