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A new non-credit course made learning about the pandemic accessible to all during the Fall 2020 semester.

Created by Provost Andreas Cangellaris and other campus leaders, COV-course addressed a comprehensive, multidisciplinary understanding of the pandemic during Fall 2020. The course was available for free and open to everyone, including the local community, students, parents, staff, faculty and alumni. 

The course featured an array of world-class Illinois scientists, humanists, social scientists and artists. Guiding through past, present and future perspectives on the pandemic, weekly topics ranged from history, biology and business to data security, racial disparities, mental health and more. Additionally, the course showcased how interdisciplinary research and expertise offers unique perspectives on the global health crisis. 

The program was built with support from the Office of the Provost, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, the Center for Social and Behavioral Science, the Humanities Research Institute, the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, the Siebel Center for Design, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Grainger College of Engineering.

Past lectures and course sessions are available on the course website.