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The Economy and the Common Good in Times of Pandemics: International Perspectives

    The CBSI executive board members Stephen Roddy and Xiaohua Yang were part of the panel on socioeconomic responses to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis

    On Wednesday, April 8, 12–1:15 p.m.

    the Center of Teaching Excellence and the Office of International Initiatives co-hosted a panel discussion on “The Economy and the Common Good in Times of Pandemics: International Perspectives”. CBSI executive board members Stephen Roddy, Professor and Chair of Modern & Classical Languages in the College of Arts and Sciences, Xiaohua Yang, Professor of International Business were part of this timely panel on COVID-19, along with CBSI faculty member Marco Tavanti, Professor of Non-profit Administration and Sweta Chaturvedi Thota, Associate Professor of Marketing, hosted by Center of Teaching Excellence and Office of International Initiatives. After the Panel co-organizer (the other co-organizer is Anastasia Vrachnos, the Associate Vice Provost for International Programs) Professor Sarah Ann Capitelli, Co-Director, Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence, gave her opening remarks about the series of webinars on Covid-19 (of which this was the third), the panel moderator Professor Roddy introduced the topic by stating that it is critical to have global coordinated response to the coronavirus as the virus knows no national boundary and we need to expand the conversation about the multiple dimensions of this crisis: economic, historical and, most of all, humanitarian.

    Professor Marco Tavanti, a native of Tuscany, spoke about Italian pandemic lessons from yesterday and today, and their relationship to economic, humanistic and scientific changes going back to the Renaissance. Professor Yang discussed the impact of the pandemic crisis on the global supply chain, and how the disruption which the crisis created could have long-term ramifications for the global production and supply chain and therefore for global investment. The third panelist, Professor Sweta Chaturvedi Thota, discussed consumers – rationalities and irrationalities and marketers’ struggles/responses during this crisis. By applying these these varied historical and contemporary perspectives, the panel enriched the discussion on the socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Please visit the link for the video recording