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Rainbow Lifelong Learning Institute, Boston

10 Lessons for the Post-Pandemic World

with Jessica Bethoney


Schedule: This course will take place on Tuesdays at 3:00 PM for five weeks during Session I (9/14/21 - 10/12/21).  This course will be on Zoom.

Course Description:

How will the Covid-19 epidemic transform our lives and impact our future? How did different countries respond to the crisis and which responses were most effective? How does this pandemic compare with those of the past?  What can we learn from our current experience to prevent future epidemics?

In this course, we will discuss the changes wrought by the pandemic to human life and the implications for the economy, medicine, the environment, government and technology. We will also learn about surprising advances in medicine and public health that had their origin in past battles against pandemics and brainstorm about any silver linings that may emerge from our current dark cloud.

Students will read Fareed Zakaria’s book “10 Lessons for the Post-Pandemic World”. Two chapters in the book will be covered each week along with other articles. Students will be sent guided questions for the discussion prior to each class. This is a participant-centered class in which students are expected to be actively engaged and therefore, need to complete the assigned reading prior to class.

Enrollment Limit:  Unlimited 

Course Leader:

Jessica Bethoney: Jessica recently retired from her position as professor at Bunker Hill Community College, and has two masters’ degrees – one in intellectual history from Brandeis University and the other from Tufts University in counseling psychology. During her last 20 years at the college, she taught culturally related honor’s seminars. She has also taught several courses at the lifelong learning programs at Brandeis as well as Regis College, which focused on understanding human behavior in different sociological and cultural contexts. Most recently, for the Lifelong Learning Independent Collaborative, she facilitated a “Great Decisions” course which focuses on major global foreign policy issues.

  • Sep 14 - Oct 12th, 2021
    Tue for 5 weeks from 3:00 - 4:30 pm

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