IPEC Addresses the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic

by Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture (IPEC)

As part of its “1,000 Words Project,” members of the Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture explore the many ways the COVID pandemic connects with and affects our lives. Drawing on the diverse areas of expertise among IPEC members, the “map” of the current crisis as we see it is not only global, but deep; almost no area of daily life is untouched.

In this, the third installment of essays on the crisis, IPEC touches on live art performance, patterns of discrimination in India, engineering ethics, the digital divide, and the public waning of commitment to the scientific method.

Visit the IPEC website for these new and other essays.

• “An Ethical Crisis: COVID-19 and the Valuing of Human Lives” by Alexandra Morrison, Assistant Professor of Philosophy 
• “A Crisis of Access: COVID-19 and the Digital Divide” by Charles Wallace, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Associate Dean for Curriculum & Instruction
• “The Scientific Method on Display” by Caryn Heldt, Director, Health Research Institute, James and Lorna Mack Chair in Bioengineering 
• “We are Left with Marble Statues” by Libby Meyer, Senior Lecturer of Music Theory and Composition 
• “A Crisis of Lockdown Ethics” by Veena Namboodri, PhD Student, Humanities