The Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) has awarded a group of faculty a grant to create an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on COVID-19. The group’s co-facilitators are philosophy professor Margaret McLaren and anthropology professor Shan-Estelle Brown. Other faculty involved include art professor Dawn Roe, anthropology professor Nolan Kline, communication professor Sarah Parsloe, and political science professor Chelsea Ebin.
The group met for two months to create modules that include readings, videos, podcasts, discussion questions, and activities that faculty can incorporate across disciplines into their courses to help their students understand COVID-19 in deep, empathic ways.
The final product, “Interdisciplinary Modules on COVID-19 and Vulnerable People(s),” is a 64-page document of resources for professors. It draws from different subject areas to inspire emergent, difficult questions about how COVID-19 has illuminated and exacerbated existing socioeconomic, racial, and health disparities, rendering already vulnerable individuals and communities more precarious.