March 19, 2022
Today I welcome historian of science and technology Asif Siddiqi.
Asif Siddiqi is a professor of history at Fordham University in New York. He writes and teaches on both the history of technology and modern Russian history, as well as the intersection of the two. He has written many books and articles on the history of space exploration, including the Red Rockets’ Glare: Spaceflight and the Soviet Imagination, 1857-1957 (Cambridge University Press, 2010). More recently, his work has focused on global histories of infrastructure and technology focusing particularly on Africa and South Asia. He is currently working on a book under contract with MIT Press provisionally titled Departure Gates: Postcolonial Histories of Space on Earth. This year he is on leave at Princeton University’s Davis Center for Historical Studies.
March 16, 2022
Today I welcome my stepmother Harriet Knowles and my mother in law Susan Meurling to talk about their lives during the pandemic.
Harriet Knowles is a native Texan, having been born and raised out in West Texas in the town of Midland. She had an unique experience in her high school education in that her father was her school principal. Harriet attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and continued her education at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas to obtain her Physical Therapy degree. She also earned a Master’s in Behavior Science from University of Texas Permian when she worked as a pediatric physical therapist back in Midland.
Harriet was in the workforce in Physical Therapy pediatric-related jobs and worked for the Austin Independent School District as a Physical Therapist for her last 19 years before retirement.
Harriet lives in Georgetown in the Sun City community with Steve and enjoys her time by loving on her grandchildren (7 so far!), traveling, and reading. She is also taking care of her mother who lives with them there.
Susan Meurling is a retired technology educator. She graduated from Tufts University (English major), grad Manhattanville (Ed psych) and Teachers College Columbia (communications, computing, and technology). Taught in Ovid, NY, Scarsdale NY, and Houston (Spring Branch) TX. After tech moved into education, she taught the basics of computer literacy and emerging technologies to kids in elementary and middle school. Supported teachers and administrators in integrating tech into their lives and careers. After retirement, babysat for first grandchild, then helped a Section 8 housing unit set up and use their computer room. Also volunteered at a senior day center in Boston before the pandemic. Since 2013, volunteered on the board and executive committee of a Cambridge non-profit choral organization. Proud parent of two successful professional women, and grateful grandparent of four amazing grandchildren ages 8 to 13.
March 16, 2022
Today I welcome my brothers and sisters back to COVIDCalls. My sisters and brothers: Lindy Warner, Stephanie Eddleton, Jennifer Lerma, Jeff Knowles, and David Vieira.
March 12, 2022
Today I welcome historian of the Red Cross and humanitarian disaster relief Julia Irwin.
Julia Irwin is Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the department of history at the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on the place of humanitarianism and foreign assistance in 20th century U.S. foreign relations and international history. Her first book, Making the World Safe: The American Red Cross and a Nation’s Humanitarian Awakening, was published in 2013 by Oxford University Press. A history of U.S. relief efforts for foreign civilians in the era of the First World War, her book analyzes both the diplomatic and the cultural significance of humanitarian aid in these years. Currently, she is writing Catastrophic Diplomacy: A History of U.S. Responses to Global Natural Disaster.
March 12, 2022
Today I welcome Daniel Barber, Jeannette KWO Kuo, and Paul Lewis to discuss architecture and design in the COVID era.
Daniel A. Barber is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design, where he is also Chair of the interdisciplinary PhD Program in Architecture. His most recent book is Modern Architecture and Climate: Design before Air Conditioning (Princeton UP, 2020). Daniel edits the accumulation series on e-flux architecture and is co-founder of the Current: Collective on Environment and Architectural History. For 2021-2022 he is a Senior Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies at Universität Heidelberg.
Jeannette Kuo is partner at Karamuk Kuo Architects based in Zurich and Professor of Architecture and Construction at TU Munich. Previously she was Assistant Professor in Practice at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and Visiting Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Her work and her research focus on integrated design, looking at architectural space, technology and culture to address a more sustainable future. The work of the office ranges from collective housing to institutional projects for public clients and include the International Sports Sciences Institute in Lausanne, a low-tech sustainable office building; the Archaeological Center at Augusta Raurica; and the extension to the Rice University School of Architecture in Houston.
Paul Lewis, FAIA, is a Principal at LTL Architects based in New York City. He is a Professor at Princeton University School of Architecture, where he has taught since 2000. Paul is the President of the Architectural League of New York and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. His New York based firm has completed academic, cultural and institutional projects throughout the United States. LTL are the 2019 NY State AIA firm of the year and have received a National Design Award, have been inducted into the ID Hall of Fame, and have received multiple AIA design awards. The firm’s recent work includes Poster House, The Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center, and a new residence hall at Carnegie Mellon University. LTL Architects are the authors of Manual of PhysicalDistancing (2020), Intensities (2013), Opportunistic Architecture (2008) and Situation Normal....Pamphlet Architecture #21 (1998). Their 2016 book entitled Manual of Section has been translated into six languages, and LTL is currently completing a book about plant-based materials used in the sections of house construction.
March 11, 2022
Today I welcome Pacific Island journalist and scholar Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson to talk about the winter 2022 Tonga volcanic eruption and tsunami and COVID.
Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson is a leading climate change journalist and scholar with a focus on small islands, gender, environmental negotiations and human rights. Lagipoiva Cherelle brings deep experience in Pacific Islands journalism and media startups as the founder and editor of the Pacific Environment Weekly, the first environment news website and syndicate in the Pacific Islands. She also has extensive experience reporting for international newsmedia as a writer for Guardian Australia and a contributor to Al Jazeera, the New Zealand Herald and Agence France Presse.
March 11, 2022
Today is a discussion of DISINFORMATION IN THE PANDEMIC with returning COVIDCalls guest Kate Starbird.
Kate Starbird is an Associate Professor at the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington (UW). Kate’s research is situated within human-computer interaction and the emerging field of crisis informatics—the study of the how social media and other information-communication technologies are used during crisis events. Currently, her work focuses on the production and spread of online rumors, misinformation, and disinformation in the context of crisis events. Starbird is a co-founder of the UW Center for an Informed Public.
March 10, 2022
Today I welcome Maxym Prytula to discuss COVID in Ukraine. Maxym Prytula is a peridontist and oral surgeon in Ukraine where he is also working towards a PhD in public health administration. He has been treating COVID patients and soldiers, and we talk to him today.
March 10, 2022
Today I welcome historian of Latin America and disaster, Mark Healey.
Mark Healey is an urban, environmental, and political historian of Latin America, and also a fellow disaster scholar. The author of “The Ruins of the New Argentina” (Duke, 2011), he is currently writing a book about the environmental and political history of water in the drylands of Argentina, as well as a project about the transnational political history of housing and development. He has taught at NYU, the University of Mississippi, UC Berkeley and, since 2011, the University of Connecticut, where he is now Head of Department.
March 9, 2022
Today I welcome medical anthropologist Christos Lynteris back to COVIDCalls.
Christos Lynteris is a medical anthropologist, and senior lecture at the Univ. of St. Andrews in the UK. His research focuses on the anthropological and historical examination of epidemics, zoonosis, epidemiological epistemology, medical visual culture, colonial medicine, and epidemics as events posing an existential risk to humanity.
Dr Lynteris' new project (2019-2024) The Global War Against the Rat and the Epistemic Emergence of Zoonosis will examine the global history of a foundational but historically neglected process in the development of scientific approaches of zoonosis: the global war against the rat (1898-1948).
Dr Lynteris' recently completed project Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic (2013-2018) collected and analysed photographs and other visual documents of the third plague pandemic (1855-1959).
For updates on Christos Lynteris' Global War Against the Rat and the Epistemic Emergence of Zoonosis and Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic projects: @visualplague