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Jewish Studies faculty COVID-19 responses

Can the coronavirus make society more ethical?

On April 20, 2020, Professor Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Director of Jewish Studies participated in this online philosophy confab, where economists and philosophers say ethical questions should be at center of coronavirus conversation, urge government intervention in rental market. read Professor Tirosh-Samuelson's paper [PDF]

Caring for Creation: Ancient Wisdom in Time of Crisis

Professor Hava Tirosh-Samuelson considers how the COVID-19 crisis compels us to reconsider our relationship with the natural world and notes how an ethic of creation care can inform future action on global climate change.

Is There a Czech Balm in Gilead ?

In this piece, Jewish Studies affiliate faculty member, Lincoln Professor of Ethics & Religion, Martin Matustik considers how human greatness and cataclysms equally propel history. When the history is written of the development of medications used to combat HIV, Ebola, SARS, MERS, and, with hope, COVID-19, it will lead back to laboratories and the pioneering work of a Czech biochemist, Antonín Holý (d. 2012) and what became known as “Holý’s molecules.” Remdesivir, discovered at Gilead Sciences by Holý‘s student, is currently among the most promising medicines for COVID-19.

DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.10019.68641

You may also view related images on Professor Matustik's online album.