Perspectives on the Pandemic, Parts I and II

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    The impact of COVID-19 on democracy in the world
    (Wichita State University, 2020-09-09) Azpuru, Dinorah
    Beyond the effects on health, the COVID-19 pandemic has had huge effects on the economy, but also on politics in countries around the world. More specifically, in certain countries, it has impacted democracy in a negative way. This presentation will examine the overall impact of the pandemic on countries with democratic regimes, with emphasis on the democratic backsliding that has occurred in some of them. It will also look at the tightening of authoritarianism and human rights violations in countries that were already authoritarian when the pandemic began. Quantitative indicators that show the impact of the pandemic will be also discussed.
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    COVID-19 Its impact on the performing arts and its audiences
    (Wichita State University, 2020-09-25) Miller, Rodney; Baker, Danette; MacDonald, David; Miller, Matt; Santiago, Marisa
    The disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on the events industry, of which the performing arts is a significant portion, is devastating. It was the first industry to close down and will be the last to fully open back up. This industry supports 11 million jobs and generates over $1.75 trillion a year in direct, indirect and induced spending—greater than agriculture, broadcasting and telecommunications, auto manufacturing, truck and rail transportation, and computer systems design and related services.
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    Rethinking the city and the community for a post-pandemic world
    (Wichita State University, 2020-09-10) Billingham, Chase M.
    Cities are places characterized by constant activity, dense social interaction, and innovation fostered in collaborative working environments. With the widespread adoption of social distancing, bans on large gatherings, and remote work as public health responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, those quintessential urban characteristics have been fundamentally transformed. Will those changes be temporary or permanent? And what will they mean for the future of urban economies, neighborhood life, and inequality in the coming years? In this presentation, Wichita State University urban sociologist Chase Billingham will address these questions, drawing out many of their implications for important urban processes like social dislocation, economic development, and gentrification. While offering a broad perspective on issues affecting cities in general, the discussion will draw special attention to potential impacts of the pandemic on urban growth, decline, and inequality in the Wichita region.
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    Influenza pandemics since Russian Flu. Do they provide insight to COVID-19?
    (Wichita State University, 2020-05-03) Dehner, George
    The surprising appearance and rapid spread of Covid-19 has prompted comparisons with pandemic influenza. This presentation will examine influenza pandemics from 1889 Russian flu through the Novel 2009 H1N1 pandemic with an eye to making comparisons to what is known about Covid-19’s rapid global transmission. How are Covid-19 and influenza similar? How do they differ?
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    Modeling the spread of the Coronavirus
    (Wichita State University, 2020-05-03) Jaeger, Adam
    This talk will introduce statistical modeling concepts relating to prediction of COVID rates at a county level and specifically introduce the notion of spatial correlation, which recognizes that there is a connection between county proximity and amount of social movement between areas.