The Politics of the Pandemic
Posted by: Coronado Arts 9 months, 4 weeks ago


This week we turn the page from artistic expression to a current topic impacting our everyday lives: “The Politics of the Pandemic” presented by Professor Sandford Lakoff. This video is available for viewing now through Sunday, August 23.

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 The Politics of the Pandemic

Synopsis: Pandemics are usually thought of as major medical events, but they can have such a comprehensive impact that they affect and are affected by the political process. This lecture will review some of the major interactions between the current pandemic and government and politics here and elsewhere.  In particular, we will look at how the November election could turn on how voting takes place and how our highly polarized electorate may judge the Trump administration’s handling of the crisis. 

Presenter: Emeritus Professor Sanford A. Lakoff is the founding chair of the Political Science Department at UC San Diego and a distinguished scholar in political philosophy and science and public policy. He is the 2018 recipient of the Revelle Medal, awarded by the Chancellor, in recognition of his distinguished and sustained service to the university. An Osher favorite for more than 25 years, he was awarded the Constantine Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award in 2018 for his continual service in retirement to the university as a teacher and university citizen. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

As always, please feel free to send us feedback on this presentation and/or requests for topics you’d like to hear more about in upcoming lectures. This lecture is brought to you through the John D. Spreckels Center’s continued partnership with UC San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). We are grateful to them for expanding our partnership to bring you weekly videos you are able to view at your leisure at home. For more information on UC San Diego’s OLLI, visit their website at