Eastern Michigan University to host virtual public forum about the social effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

Eastern Michigan University to host virtual public forum about the social effects of the COVID-19 pandemic


Eastern Michigan University's Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology (SAC) Department will host a virtual public forum on the social effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday, May 27 via ZOOM and Facebook Live.


The virtual forum, titled “How can we understand the social effects of COVID-19 in local and global contexts?” will bring together EMU faculty to discuss effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in various industries and scenarios. The forum will take place in a Q&A format. 

Panelist expertise areas include: the effects of COVID-19 in prisons, experiences of chronic illness during the pandemic, the effects in immigrant communities (particularly those working in meatpacking), how to understand the statistics being used to describe the pandemic, and in various regions of the world, and how the pandemic has affected different social groups. 

Panelists for the virtual forum include:

  • Rita Shah, PhD: Assistant Professor ­­of Criminology; Critical criminologist focusing on the spaces of correction
  • Julian Murchison, PhD: Department Head; cultural anthropologist and ethnographic researcher focusing on health and religion in East Africa
  • Maria Luz Garcia, PhD: Associate Professor of Anthropology; linguistic and cultural anthropologist working in Guatemala and U.S. immigrant communities
  • Grigoris Argeros, PhD: Associate Professor of Sociology; sociologist focusing on the correlates of race, class, and neighborhood change
  • Rachel Schroeder, PhD: Assistant Professor of Sociology; global sociologist working in the US and Russia; focus on chronic illness and religion

Those that have questions for the panelists are asked to submit them through the SAC Department’s Facebook page via messenger, by commenting on the event post, or by emailing them to mgarci21@emich.edu. Viewers can also submit questions to the moderator during the forum using the ZOOM chat function.


Wednesday, May 27

8-9 p.m. EST


ZOOM: https://emich.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RkLiviFUTky7eT_S3r0jEg

Facebook Live via the SAC Department’s Facebook page



Morgan Mark

Media Relations Specialist




May 25, 2020

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Morgan Mark

Morgan Mark