OAH 2023 Panel on Grad Student COVID Experiences: Seeking Speakers

Dan Gorman Jr. Announcement
United States
Subject Fields
American History / Studies, Educational Technology, Humanities, Psychology, Teaching and Learning

Seeking Panelists for ’23 Grad Student Panel on COVID Experiences


The OAH Graduate Student Committee is developing a solicited session for 2023 called “Grad School in the Shadow of Covid.” We are seeking four history graduate students (master’s or doctoral) from diverse backgrounds who would address how COVID affected their graduate experiences. We are also looking for a mental health professional to serve as moderator. The proposal is due to the OAH by June 1. If you would like to participate or know someone who might be interested, please email Dan Gorman (University of Rochester) at dgormanj@u.rochester.edu by May 24, 2022. 


Abstract: COVID-19 upended graduate student research, fragmented our communities, and blurred the boundaries between our personal and professional lives. For some students, remote learning, program stipends, and supplemental financial support provided shelter. Other students lost their support as universities slashed budgets. How do we recognize students’ trauma and identify coping strategies while acknowledging COVID’s varied effects on our communities? How might we use the pandemic’s challenges to build solidarity with independent researchers, secondary educators, and other practitioners? We will discuss trauma-informed pedagogy, delays in our research, the long impact of isolation, and how we can (re)build scholarly communities after COVID.


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