Inequality and Marginalization During COVID-19: Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Age with Naomi Zack
Dr. Naomi Zack, a professor of philosophy at Lehman College, CUNY, and author of numerous books, including the newly released “The American Tragedy of COVID-19: Social and Political Crises of 2020" will speak about marginalization and inequity during the COVID-19 pandemic as she delivers the Vickery Lecture in Ethics and Leadership online.
“COVID-19 has been a tragedy in the United States, in the ordinary meaning of a bad, sad, and unwanted sequences of events,” Zack writes in “The American Tragedy of COVID-19: Social and Political Crises of 2020" (Rowman & Littlefield, March 2021). “COVID-19 in the United States is also a classic tragedy according to Aristotle’s definition, whereby protagonists are responsible for the bad, sad, and unwanted events that befall them. The strongest lesson learned from COVID-19 is that this pandemic has revealed where we, collectively, were already vulnerable and short of virtue. Preexisting physical debilities are newly revealed, social inequities freshly matter, and good and bad character and values are on full display. Injustice becomes evident to many more besides its victims.”
Zack holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and has taught at University at Albany and the University of Oregon. She has written numerous books, including most recently “Progressive Anonymity: From Identity Politics to Evidence-Based Government” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020) and “Reviving the Social Compact: Inclusive Citizenship in an Age of Extreme Politics” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018).
She has been teaching an online course called “Disaster and Corona” at Lehman College, CUNY, and will be giving the John Dewey Lecture at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Society.