Panel 1: Evaluating the Government Response: Lessons for the Next Pandemic
This panel will examine the performance of governments in the US in responding to the pandemic and consider what lessons we can gain for the future. Some orienting questions are: How well have state, federal, and local governmental agencies responded to the pandemic? What role have federal agencies played (e.g. FDA, CDC) in the problems plaguing the pandemic response (e.g. lack of available testing; inconsistent guidance on masking, confusing booster shot recommendations)?
What are lessons from the US experience and from the failures/successes of other governments?
Dan Carpenter (Allie S. Freed Professor of Government, Harvard University)
Ann Keller (Associate Professor of Health Politics and Policy, UC Berkeley)
Phyllis Tien (Professor of Medicine, UCSF)
Sean Gailmard (Panel Moderator, UC Berkeley)
Panel 2: Ethics, Politics, and the Covid Response
This panel will examine a number of ethical questions raised by the Covid pandemic. One set of these questions focuses on tradeoffs regarding individual and collective responsibility (e.g. vaccine mandates, masks, drug prioritization, stay-at-home/shutdown orders, and protection of particularly vulnerable people). Another set of questions concerns how best to meet our responsibilities to children amid a pandemic that has disrupted the education system. A final set of questions centers on a variety of demographic and economic disparities in our societal and governmental response to the pandemic.
Lanhee Chen (Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies, Hoover Institution of Stanford University)
Julia Lynch (Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania)
Jamila Michener (Associate Professor of Government and co-Director of Cornell Center for Health Equity, Cornell University)
Amy Lerman (Panel Moderator, UC Berkeley)
Panel 3: The Pandemic and Partisan Politics
This panel will consider how public opinion and partisanship have influenced the response to the Covid pandemic in the US. We usually expect major crises to bring the country together. That has not happened in this case. Why has the pandemic become seen through such a strong partisan lens? What have the costs of this been? What has been the role of misinformation in this process and the more general response to the pandemic?
Shana Kushner Gadarian (Merle Goldbert Fabian Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University)
Liz Hamel (Vice President and Director of Public Opinion and Survey Research, Kaiser Family Foundation)
Brendan Nyhan (James O. Freedman Presidential Professor, Dartmouth College)
Gabe Lenz (Panel Moderator, UC Berkeley)
Presented by the Charles & Louise Travers Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley in cooperation with the Institute of Governmental Studies and the Commonwealth Club of California.