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The Role of the Humanities in Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy
COVID-19 remains an ongoing public health threat in the United States, despite widespread availability of effective vaccines. The anti-vaccination movement has been characterized as a disingenuous partisan ploy underwritten by far-right politicians and media outlets, but those who refuse vaccination are not all willfully ignorant or dangerously misinformed—that is, the causes of vaccine hesitancy are multifarious and complex. Beginning from the premise that the humanities are uniquely equipped to confront such complicated social, political, and ethical matters, this webinar will explore the causes of, and potential solutions to, vaccine hesitancy from a variety of disciplinary (and interdisciplinary) perspectives.


James Phelan, Distinguished University Professor of English and Director of Project Narrative, The Ohio State University

Dennis Yi Tenen, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, and Project Lead for “Increasing COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence,” an initiative funded by a grant from Columbia World Projects.

Janet Lyon, Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Penn State

Jess Rafalko, Graduate Student, Department of English, Penn State

Jan 21, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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