Honors Lecture Series offers new Perspectives in World of COVID-19

November 18, 2020

By Brayden Rollins ‘21

Due to the increased restrictions on campus, many different programs on campus are doing their best to provide students with new opportunities and experiences despite the struggles of the outside world. Through their new lecture series Living During the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Honors Program has been giving students timely information and advice during this unique semester on the Hilltop.

The Living in the COVID-19 Pandemic lecture series was designed to help students cope with this unexpected time we are living in. Throughout the semester there have been three different lectures focused on a different facet of the current pandemic: “Nursing in the Time of COVID-19” with nursing professor Carrie Macleod Ph.D., “The Race Towards Finding a Treatment for COVID-19” with chemistry professor Jennifer Pace Ph.D., and “Politics in a Time of Pandemic” with politics professor Jennifer Lucas Ph.D.

“Our main goal is to make the lecture series relevant to the entire student body,” explains Sarah Stagnone ’22, a biology major and Vice President of the Honors Council. “The lecture topics are designed to cover a variety of topics so that every student on campus can resonate with at least one of them.”

The COVID-19 lecture series will continue in the spring. There will be two more lectures, one focused on the economy during COVID-19, the meaning of life during COVID-19, and a special panel with alumni telling their own stories about how COVID-19 has affected their careers or businesses. These alumni include a lawyer, a nurse, and a biochemist earning their doctorate. All of these points of view are attainable through the connection and framework of the Honors Program

“Students should take advantage of the lectures because they are planned by students, for students,” says Stagnone. “As students ourselves, we understand what the student body wants to hear about, so we try to make it happen.”

The Honors Program is designed for students who wish to enhance their liberal arts understanding that prefaces real-world opportunity and experience. “The Honors Program offers a significant set of opportunities for highly motivated students who are interested in getting the most out of their academic experience at Saint Anselm College,” says Ward Holder Ph.D., professor of theology and Director of the Honors Program. With a strong emphasis on the liberal arts, the Honors Program can help students during this time of COVID-19 by preparing them for the unexpected and for future challenges.

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