Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture (IPEC)

1,000 Words Project, “SARS-CoV-2: What Kind of Crisis is This?”

All of us in the University community have been deeply submerged into a world dominated by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Several months into responding to this health crisis, many parts of our lives have been challenged, disrupted, and changed. The shock, dislocation, and sometimes despair people feel are often not explicitly health-related, but result from encountering aspects of the crisis that, while seemingly peripheral, are actually integral to this new “pandemic culture.” IPEC members have been discussing the reach of this crisis into almost every aspect of our lives and we want to make available to you what is also “in crisis” as seen from our various areas of expertise in policy, ethics, and culture.

To address this, we began the “1,000 words project,” in which we asked IPEC members to explore the nature of the crisis, dislocations, and challenges as they see it from their unique perspectives. 

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