Event Recaps | 14 May 2020

Humanities Happy Hour – Freedom & Race in the Time of Pandemic


On May 14, 2020, the Humanities Institute hosted its first virtual Humanities Happy Hour exploring Questions That Matter in the Time of Pandemic. This week focused on “Freedom & Race” and featured Humanities Dean Tyler Stovall in conversation with associate professors Alice Yang, Christine Hong, and Noriko Aso.

Questions That Matter in the Time of Pandemic is a public humanities series that brings UC Santa Cruz faculty in conversation with the campus and community to discuss topics of importance to us all during the COVID-19 health crisis. The conversations build on themes that The Humanities Institute (THI) has explored as part of Questions That Matter annual events. For additional discussion, we encourage you to watch the video of THI’s event on Questions That Matter: Freedom and Race, in which Jennifer Gonzalez and Tyler Stovall discuss the idea that racism—and the exclusion of racial groups from society—is essential to understanding freedom in America. You can also read Dean Tyler Stovall’s 2020 Questions that Matter in the Time of Pandemic written reflection as well as his 2018 interview on freedom and race.

You can also stay engaged by watching our video of the event below.