In These Times: The series used COVID-19 as a platform for a six-episode run in which Penn Arts & Sciences faculty explored the science, social science, and human experiences that shaped events in 2020.

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The second season just started: Black Lives and the Call for Justice

In Season 2, Episode 1, “The Largest Movement in History,” speakers revisit the protests of summer 2020 and the events of January 6.


We’ll also hear from two students (one of them Breanna Moore, History Ph.D. candidate) who reflect on the events of the past year and share glimpses of their experiences as young Black adults finding their path in a nation that has yet to come to terms with its legacy of racism and white supremacy.



Herman Beavers, Julie Beren Platt and Marc E. Platt President’s Distinguished Professor of English and Africana Studies

Camille Charles, Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences

Heather Williams, Geraldine R. Segal Professor in American Social Thought

Breanna Moore, C’15 and Ph.D. candidate, Department of History

Jelani Williams, C’21


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