Major U.S. airlines — and at least one major U.S. airport, LAX — have updated their policies to mandate that passengers wear face masks during flights. The challenge of keeping travelers safe during a global health crisis sounds all too familiar to PhD candidate Mark Beirn, a Graduate Student Fellow in the Center for the Humanities. While scholars and public policy-makers are looking back to the Influenza Pandemics of 1918 and 1889 to inform responses to today’s COVID-19 pandemic, they could also benefit by reviewing Nairobi’s handling its public infrastructure — particularly its brand-new airport — during the global yellow fever scare after World War II.
During the month of April (National Poetry Month), writers from all corners and walks of life participated in Life/Lines, a daily opportunity for creative expression. Uniting behind a common prompt, we wrote more than 1,100 short poems and in the process made our own community despite our isolation. Together, we created a vibrant and lasting archive of how our faculty, staff, students and friends experienced these most unprecedented of times.Learn more