The Grindstone


The New Normal, and Life After the Pandemic

Season 4, Ep. 7

In the final episode of The Grindstone's COVID-19 series, our guests share their thoughts on how this pandemic is changing, will change, and could change the world...for better and for worse. Topics of discussion include technology’s role in our experience of this pandemic, what the economic crisis might mean for the future, what we can expect as we return to school, when we can expect things to return to normal - whether or not such a thing is possible - and what positive societal growth may come out of these challenges.

Today's guests are: Dr. Audrey Ruple, Assistant Professor of One Health Epidemiology at Purdue; Dr. Kevin Harrelson, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ball State University; Dr. Jillian Carr, Assistant Professor of Economics at Purdue; PhD candidate in the Department of History at Purdue, Caitlin Fendley; Dr. Dan Kelly, Professor of Philosophy at Purdue; Dr. Nilupa Gunaratna, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Purdue; and Dr. David Bernard, an emergency pediatrics physician in Birmingham, AL.

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Faithe Day: COVID-19, Race, and the COVID Black Taskforce

Season 4, Ep. 4
In the fourth episode of The Grindstone's COVID-19 Series, we return to our typical interview format to speak with Dr. Faithe Day, Assistant Director of COVID Black: A Taskforce on Black Health and Data.We discuss the COVID Black Taskforce, its mission, and how it was formed; the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black essential workers; environmental factors in healthcare inequities in communities of color; how COVID Black has responded to the recent murders of Black lives at the hands of white police officers and white civilians; balancing the need for peaceful protests and social activism with the need to remain physically distant and to wear face coverings; and what people can do to support the push for racial equity and to dismantle racist policies.Dr. Faithe Day is the Assistant Director of COVID Black and a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation within the Libraries and School of Information Studies and the African American Studies and Research Center at Purdue University. Dr. Day works on developing curriculum, data collection, and curation projects in collaboration with other scholars to identify critical frameworks and best practices to ensure an ethical and justice-centered approach to data curation, with a focus on Black and LGBTQIA+ community-based data and discourse. Some helpful links are below:COVID Black WebsiteCOVID Black Twitter: @COVIDBLK  Dr. Day's post in the AMSJ Blog "On Teaching in the Time of COVID-19"Thank you to Dr. Day, and thanks for listening!