Past Event

Writing the History of COVID-19: Lessons for the Next Pandemic

June 9, 2023
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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International Affairs Building (Room 406), Columbia University, 420 West 118th Street, New York

Event Description

While the Covid-19 crisis is still unfolding, it has already revealed much about the history of our time, and left lessons that will be important to study before the next pandemic. But much depends on gaining a sense of perspective, and preserving information that might otherwise be lost. Even before it began, archivists and scholars were struggling to develop new methods to record and analyze history in the age of “big data.” Resource constraints and fights over access to information have only intensified because of pressures on public budgets and the partisan politics that surround any attempt at retrospective analysis.

This conference will take stock of the first efforts to record and report this global crisis, identify the most important questions for new research, and in that way set priorities for long-term preservation.

Event Information

Free and open to the public; registration required. For more information, please visit the event webpage or email [email protected]

Hosted by the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University.