This forum zooms in on the race to develop a vaccine for the COVID-19 Coronavirus through a diversity of academic and professional disciplines: medicine, medical history, sociology, statistics, social media studies, public health, immunology, political science, industrial engineering, supply chain management, and chemical engineering. In so doing, the forum’s instructors situate the COVID-19 vaccine within a broader narrative of the science of immunization, the history of vaccines, the social and economic inequalities produced by deploying a vaccine, and the challenges presented to the global supply chain.

Please also access the Honors College Blog to see reflections on this course from current students.

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Forums from 2021

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Forum 1: Social Inequality, Justice, and Vaccine Intent and Distribution in the United States, Grant Drawve, Kevin Fitzpatrick, and Casey Harris

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Vaccine Forum Syllabus, Lynda Coon

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Forum 6: Humanistic Health and the History of Vaccine Hesitancy: Lessons from Then and Now, Casey Kayser and Kaitlyn Akel

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Forum 8: Logistics and the Vaccine, Ashlea Milburn

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Forum 10: COVID Vaccines: How did you get here?, David Dobrzykowski and Sarah Nurre Pinkley

Forum 11: Vaccinating the U of A, Huda Sharaf and Joseph Steinmetz