Politics in the Era of Global Pandemic 2.0

As we move into the second year of life with COVID-19, some communities are emerging from months of isolation, assessing damages, removing masks and navigating toward a “new normal.” While it’s tempting to feel like we have crossed a finish line and some incredible progress has been made, the pandemic is far from over. It still rages across the globe, with infections, deaths and more transmissible variants emerging faster than the availability and pace of vaccinations. The juxtaposition is striking given that almost four million people have died globally, and the death rate in 2021 already exceeds that of 2020.

The pandemic wreaked havoc on the economy, politics, and trust in institutions. It reshaped lives in ways not yet understood. In this second series exploring the political impacts of the pandemic, we invite experts into our virtual classroom to assess how far we have come, how long we wait until the world is vaccinated, and what the most consequential and inequitable outcomes are to date.

Although many of us are quite literally sick of COVID, in this second edition of our “survey course for everyone,” we’ll offer a unique take on the politics of the global public policy response, present a diversity of perspectives on what the post-pandemic new normal will be, and explore whether we will be prepared for the next global crisis.

About this series

Co-produced by Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University, the Political Science & Legal Studies department at Suffolk University, and the GBH Forum Network.

In keeping with the historic missions of both Suffolk University and GBH to provide public access, opportunity, and engagement, Suffolk faculty worked with producers to create this opportunity for anyone to take a seat in the virtual classroom and fully participate—homework included!

Funding for this partnership is provided by the Lowell Institute.

As we move into the second year of life with COVID-19, some communities are emerging from months of isolation, assessing damages, removing masks and navigating toward a “new normal.” While it’s tempting to feel like we have crossed a finish line and some incredible progress has been made, the pandemic is far from over. It still rages across the globe, with infections, deaths and more transmissible variants emerging faster than the availability and pace of vaccinations. The juxtaposition is striking given that almost four million people have died globally, and the death rate in 2021 already exceeds that of 2020.

The pandemic wreaked havoc on the economy, politics, and trust in institutions. It reshaped lives in ways not yet understood. In this second series exploring the political impacts of the pandemic, we invite experts into our virtual classroom to assess how far we have come, how long we wait until the world is vaccinated, and what the most consequential and inequitable outcomes are to date.

Although many of us are quite literally sick of COVID, in this second edition of our “survey course for everyone,” we’ll offer a unique take on the politics of the global public policy response, present a diversity of perspectives on what the post-pandemic new normal will be, and explore whether we will be prepared for the next global crisis.

About this series

Co-produced by Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University, the Political Science & Legal Studies department at Suffolk University, and the GBH Forum Network.

In keeping with the historic missions of both Suffolk University and GBH to provide public access, opportunity, and engagement, Suffolk faculty worked with producers to create this opportunity for anyone to take a seat in the virtual classroom and fully participate—homework included!

Funding for this partnership is provided by the Lowell Institute.