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The Uncertainties of Higher Ed in the Age of COVID-19

The African American Intellectual History Society is collaborating with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) to sponsor a webinar titled ‘The Uncertainties of Higher Ed in the Age of COVID-19.’ The webinar will take place on Wednesday, August 5 at 7 pm ET in preparation for the fall semester. The aim of this webinar is, first, to publicize the intellectual and legal resources AAUP offers for faculty and second, to curate presentations and a discussion tailored to issues and concerns relevant to AAIHS members and colleagues in the academy, including contingent faculty. Panelists from diverse backgrounds in higher ed will share experiences, ideas, and strategies related to living through the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to register.

Building on AAIHS’s COVID-19 Relief Grant initiative in May, which supported nearly 20 contingent graduate students and faculty, and the Black Life in the Age of COVID-19 Twitter chat series in June, this webinar is another of the ways that the AAIHS aims to respond in a timely and collective manner to the challenging times through which we are all living. The webinar will explore these and other topics:

  • Economics/finances of higher ed pre-pandemic to the present
  • Faculty hiring/contingency/tenure during pandemic
  • Faculty and shared governance on campus during pandemic
  • Sustaining this summer’s BLM-related activism on campus after re-opening
  • Remote instruction & remote accessibility during/after campus re-opening
  • Pandemic and remote university life and the future of graduate training (especially in African American studies/history)
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