December 7 Webinar: COVID-19 and the Great Depression


USNS Comfort serves as a hospital ship

USNS Comfort serves as a hospital ship
Photo by the US Navy shows Lt. j.g. Natasha McClinton, an operating room (OR) nurse, preparing a patient for a procedure in the intensive care unit (ICU) aboard the US hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) in New York, New York, USA, 23 April 2020 (issued 26 April 2020), during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

COVID-19, the Great Depression, and the Battle between Memory and Forgetting
Wednesday, December 7, 8:00 p.m. Eastern/5:00 p.m. Pacific
Organized by Living New Deal-NYC

Both the Great Depression and the COVID-19 pandemic raised profound questions about government responsibility for public health and welfare, but cultural and political responses to each differed dramatically.

Join three experts on medicine, public health and the New Deal for a conversation about the history and politics of remembering and forgetting, and their implications for how we think about our past and future in light of COVID.


Dave Chokshi, MD, clinical professor of population health at New York University and senior scholar at the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy, led New York City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as the 43rd Commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Sharon Musher, associate professor of history at Stockton University in New Jersey, is the author of Democratic Art: The New Deal’s Influence on American Culture.

Karen Kruse Thomas, staff historian at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is the author of Deluxe Jim Crow: Civil Rights and American Health Policy, 1935-1954, and Health and Humanity: A History of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1935-1985.


Robert Snyder, professor emeritus at Rutgers University and Manhattan Borough Historian, is editing the book COVID Chronicles-NYC: The Pandemic in the Words of New Yorkers, for Cornell University Press.

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Date: Wed. Dec 7th, 2022

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