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Pandemic, Power and Policymaking

Pandemic, Power and Policymaking

15 June – 13 July 2020

Title: Pandemic, Power and Policymaking

Instructor: Sulmaan Khan

Description: The coronavirus pandemic has been nothing less than a tragedy and its full effects will be making themselves felt for years to come. But for historians and policymakers, the pandemic also offers an opportunity to study: 1) how and why the crisis unfolded the way it did; and 2) by extension, what we can do the next time a pandemic hits. This course addresses those questions using what we might think of as “historical thinking skills”. We do not have the extensive secondary literature that some historical topics offer. But there are many historians working on topics with only primary sources -sources fresh from the front as it were. The pandemic offers such sources in abundance already (the tweets, public statements, and journalistic accounts it has generated are the lifeblood of history books) and while a definitive account will have to wait a bit, a first cut is both feasible and essential. It is feasible because, as mentioned, the sources are available. It is essential because this is precisely what policymakers need to engage in right now, whether in a congressional inquiry, a detailed report, or some other format. The course offers an opportunity to explore the world where contemporary history and practical policy come together.

Dates: 15 June – 13 July 2020

Time: Mondays 5:30-7:30 pm EST

Instruction Method: Online, Synchronous

Course fee general public: $1,500

Alumni fee (class of 2015 and prior): $1,000 (use code SuFletcher5 at checkout)

Recent alumni fee (classes 2015-2020): $750 (use code SuFletcher1 at checkout)

Certification of completion offered

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Contact FletcherExecEd@tufts.edu or +1 (617) 627-4267 for questions and more information.