BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College is taking a disciplined approach to COVID-19 with a new virtual lecture series that will explore the pandemic’s effects on society.

The lectures are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays on Zoom during the fall semester. Alumni and parents of students can register to receive the Zoom link. Community members who are interested can watch the lectures live on the Bethany Facebook page or later on YouTube.

The planned lectures are:

  • Sept. 8: An Introduction on Viral Transmission and Vaccine Research by Carolyn Kitchens, associate professor of chemistry.
  • Sept. 15: Impact of the Pandemic on International Politics by Kayce Mobley, assistant professor of political science and chair of the Department of History and Political Science.
  • Sept. 22: Acute and Post-Traumatic Response to Pandemic by Debra Hull, professor of psychology.
  • Sept. 29: How diseases like COVID spread and how we take actions to mitigate it by Karen Kormuth, assistant professor of biology.
  • Oct. 6: Visualization of Pandemic Data: What are we seeing? What does it mean? by Anna Edlund, associate professor and chair of the Department of Biology.
  • Oct. 13: Media Framing of the Coronavirus Crisis by David DeIuliis, assistant professor of communications and media arts.
  • Oct. 20: Roundtable discussion on the views for the pandemic from across the world involving our Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants and international students led by Harald Menz, director of international studies and professor of world languages.
  • Oct. 27: Molecular Scale and Viral Transmission by Scott Brothers, associate professor of chemistry.
  • Nov. 10: Pandemics, Parties, and the Election of 2020 by Joe Lane, provost, dean of faculty, and professor of political science.
  • Nov. 17: Pandemics Past and Present by Ian Lanzillotti, assistant professor of history.

Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.