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[Webinar] Surveying the Social and Cultural Impacts of COVID-19

When: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Central

Where: Online
Webcast Link

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Dylan Peterson   (847) 467-2770

Group: Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


Months into the novel coronavirus pandemic, researchers around the world are working to understand its effects on people’s attitudes and behaviors. How do people feel about isolation and lockdowns? What kinds of media are we consuming, and how do those media affect our knowledge of COVID-19 and our social distancing practices? What are people willing to sacrifice for the economy? Northwestern University assistant professor of sociology Beth Redbird will speak about her efforts to find answers to these and other questions through an ongoing large-scale, nationally representative panel survey she is leading in conjunction with a team of interdisciplinary researchers. Redbird will discuss the topics being surveyed, present some early findings and outline next steps. She will be joined by Tymofii Brik, an assistant professor in policy research at Kyiv School of Economics, who will discuss a comparable effort in Ukraine.

Beth Redbird is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University. She is currently locked in her home in Wisconsin and no one intends to release her any time soon. She recently decided it was a good idea to put her entire research agenda on hold to study COVID-19. This may have been a good idea or a very bad one – the jury is still out.

Tymofii Brik is an assistant professor in policy research at Kyiv School of Economics. He is a Fulbright visiting fellow at the NYU sociology department (2019-2020), and a visiting Vucinich fellow at Stanford Center of Russian, Eastern European, and European Studies (2018). He is interested in the sociology of religion, economic history, and social network analysis. Besides academia, he collaborates with think-tanks and media such as VoxUkraine and CEDOS. His paper “When church competition matters?” won the N.Panina award for “best young sociologist in Ukraine” in 2018 by the Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine.

This webinar will be available through WebEx at this link. Please use passcode 1234 to access. The talk will begin at 12 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, June 9.

This is part of the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs’ Confronting COVID-19: Global Implications and Futures webinar series.

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