The Virginia Tech Alumni Association presented a HokieTalk, “Virginia Tech and COVID-19: Lessons from the Past; Policies and Practices for the Present,” on December 8, 2020.

In this free virtual event, Virginia Tech experts explored lessons that the 1918 flu pandemic has to offer COVID-19, shared trauma and shared resilience, and personal travel during the pandemic.

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Panelists included:

  • Tom Ewing, a professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences who specializes in the history of the 1918 flu pandemic;
  • Trish Haak, a licensed clinical social worker in the Teaching Hospital of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, where she facilitates communication and well-being among the hospital’s clinicians, staff, students, and clients; and
  • Nancy McGehee, professor of hospitality and tourism and head of the Howard Feiertag Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the Pamplin College of Business.

M. Daniel Givens, dean of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, facilitated the discussion.

HokieTalks are hourlong conversations that give Hokies — especially alumni — insider looks at current Virginia Tech research that is making a difference.