OQ explores COVID-19, BLM protests and moving forward

Illustration of man and dog with face masks

It’s been six months since the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the United States was announced. What do we know?

COVID-19 continues to confound, subsiding and resurging. The economy falters, buildings close and open, people hunt for useful virus data while managing upended lives.

In the new issue of Oregon Quarterly, available now, faculty experts Tim Duy, Latisha Nixon-Jones, Ellen Peters, Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg and Janis Weeks weigh in on the virus. They break down key COVID-19 questions relating to the economy, civil rights, virus data, buildings and pandemics.

The magazine also reached out to faculty members, alumni and administrators for reactions to George Floyd’s death and uprisings across the world as the Black Lives Matter movement gains historic momentum. In the issue, President Michael Schill also responds to the protests, systemic racism and COVID-19 in a special president’s letter addressing five questions he’s received from alumni and friends.

One question facing the university is a safe return to campus this fall despite COVID-19, and André Le Duc, chief resilience officer, is a key player in that process. The magazine’s feature on Le Duc examines his career in emergency management and how he’s preparing the UO in these uncertain times.

Also in the issue: Courtney Cox of indigenous, race and ethnic studies, first-year photographer Jasper Zhou, anthropologist Diana Christie and responsible research, basketballer-turned-broadcaster Jim Barnett, and documentary filmmaker Adam Markle. Rounding out the summer lineup, a Duck Tale revisiting the blooming 1940s romance between college sweethearts Gloria and Norm “The Dutchman” Van Brocklin.