Honors Event - Learned Conversation

Friday, September 18, 2020 | 17.00 – 19.00

Please join us for a *Learned Conversation* this week *Friday, September 18, at 17:00/5.00pm* in the *LAC [North Campus] Conference Room*, or via *zoom* (link see below). The topic of this week’s event is:

A “New Normal”? The Future of Daily Life in Times of COVID-19

The world was shaken when on 30 January 2020, the WHO declared the COVID-19 epidemic a public health emergency of international concern. Over the subsequent months, many state governments imposed recommendations and even enforced policies limiting human contact such as mask wearing, social distancing, and lockdowns. With limitations on international travel, increased usage and dependence upon digital communication platforms, and a growing sense that a pandemic lifestyle may be here to stay, individuals have begun to shift their definition of normalcy. Could it be that these standards represent a “new normal”? What might this mean in practice?

Across the globe, different states have provided numerous ideas for responding to the COVID outbreak, with no standardized solution in sight. COVID has and will continue to define the responsibilities individuals and state governments must take in a world where pandemics may be a permanent element of everyday life. As such, the question must be asked: Does mask-wearing and minimized physical contact represent the way of the future? What would that mean for commonplace social interactions such as political gatherings and those on campus life? More so, what does this imply for our basic understanding of human connection?


Join us in the LAC Conference Room (for up to 25 people), or via zoom for this Learned Conversation. If the weather allows to hold it outdoors, a  reception of cheese, fruit, wine and juice will follow.


*When: Friday, September 18, at 17.00/5.00pm*

*Where: LAC [North Campus] Conference Room* (for up to 25 people), or via *zoom*


(Meeting ID: 921 5067 3459 - Passcode: 719817 - One tap mobile: +41432107042,,92150673459# Switzerland)


*Everyone* from the Franklin Community at large is warmly invited to attend (following the current safety guidelines) – independent of background, Major, or academic standing.

On behalf of the Honors Executive Board 2020/21: Grace Bacon, Marième Cissé, James Fahey, Ajdin Kucevic, and Luciana Vazquez Arrua

Marcus Pyka