Our faculty and community are leaning into the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis and responding to it through research, creative works and community engagement. Here are a few highlights of these efforts.
For more information about the University's response to COVID-19 and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the DU COVID-19 website.
Research & Scholarship
Q&A: World Religions Adapt to COVID-19 through Virtual PracticeAs social distancing efforts continue in order to help curb the rate of COVID-19 infection, religious communities around the world have struggled to adapt their practices and gatherings to the new guidelines.
Research & Scholarship
Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on DU StudentsIn the wake of COVID-19, faculty updated their course plans and syllabi, so students could develop a deeper understanding of the impacts of COVID-19. Two courses and one independent study conducted in DU’s Department of Sociology and Criminology explored the effects of COVID-19 on DU undergraduate students.
Creativity & the Arts
DU Faculty and Student Creatives Respond to COVID-19Students and faculty from across the creative arts are rising to the challenges imposed by COVID-19. Despite courses moving online, performance and exhibit spaces closing and art communities dispersing across the nation, University of Denver’s artists are finding innovative avenues for creativity.
Faculty in the News
Historians warn about dangers of reopening too soon
Susan Schulten, Professor of History and Department Chair
On The Denver Channel
COVID-19 in Latin America: Growing Challenges in the World’s Most Unequal Region
Rafael Ioris, Associate Professor of History
Toward a Religious Ethic of Social Equity Through Maximum Productivity in a Post-Pandemic Era
Carl Raschke, Professor of Religious Studies
In Berkley Forum
Coronavirus Has Erased 1 In 10 Jobs In Colorado. What Does That Really Mean For The Unemployed?
Paula Cole, Teaching Associate Professor of Economics
On Colorado Public Radio
Opinion: Long after the coronavirus, domestic violence victims will need help
Anne DePrince, Professor of Psychology
In The Colorado Sun
In some states, coronavirus measures are effectively banning abortion
Joshua Wilson, Associate Professor of Political Science
In the Washington Post
Why a Roman philosopher’s views on the fear of death matter as coronavirus spreads
Thomas Nail, Associate Professor of Philosophy
In The Conversation
Partisanship has no place in managing the coronavirus outbreak
Jeanne Abrams, Director of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Beck Archives (Center for Judaic Studies) and Professor in the University Libraries
In The Washington Post
Social media shaming is spiking during the coronavirus pandemic, for better or worse
Lynn Schofield Clark, Professor of Media, Film and Journalism Studies and Department Chair
In The Colorado Sun
Students Engaging in Research
University of Denver Psychology Professor Howard Markman and students taking his Couples Therapy and Relationship Education class decided to take a closer look at this unprecedented time of prolonged togetherness. The class created an anonymous poll to gauge the impact coronavirus has had on relationships.
Along with working with his class on this topic, Markman and fellow Psychology Professor Scott Stanley wrote an article for Family Process, "Helping Couples in the Shadow of COVID-19." The article discusses important foundations of safety for relationship and highlights three key concepts that can help couples protect their relationships. The article also notes patterns from the Couples Therapy and Relationship Education class's survey.
Research Impacting Communities
Alejandro Cerón, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, researches the interconnections between public health and the right to health. His current research aims to understand how knowledge about public health issues is created and disseminated. Cerón was invited to collaborate with the Health Commission of Pacto Ciudadano, a coalition of more than 100 civil society organizations promoting human rights and transparency in Guatemalan public institutions.
Pacto Ciudadano's Health Commission is working to make information about COVID-19 prevention available to community leaders and organizations across the country. Cerón and collaborators from the commission created a first version of the community guidelines and are currently working on an improved second version. Additionally, DU student Zoi Johns (who is majoring in international studies and anthropology) helped design a website where people can find the community guidelines and other relevant resources. Johns serves as an undergraduate research assistant for the DU Ethnography Lab thanks to a Dean's Award for Interdisciplinary Studies grant. In yet another DU connection to the project, the DU Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship is funding indigenous artists to produce short informational videos with audio in the four major indigenous languages spoken in Guatemala.Read a Q&A with Alejandro Cerón