Public invited to view PNW conversations on a post-COVID world


Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will host a series of virtual conversations with PNW scholars and community experts to explore the post-COVID world and the opportunity for reinvention. The series, titled “On the Other Side: PNW Examines the Post-COVID World,” will challenge thinking about what the future holds.

The global pandemic has affected many institutions—including labor markets, health care, education, organized religions, journalism, transportation, housing, entertainment, food production, and politics—and they will be forever changed.

“The post-COVID world will witness extraordinary changes in the human experience in the years to come. We need not fear this change,” said Richard Rupp, interim chair, Department of Political Science, Economics, and World Languages at Purdue Northwest. “Instead, we must understand the change, embrace the change and lead the change.”

Historically, great cataclysmic crises provide enormous opportunities for advancement. Many times governments and citizens have met the challenges. “Now is the time to innovate, reinvent and go forward,” Rupp said.

Rachel Clapp-Smith, academic director of The Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest and interim associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at PNW, will moderate each monthly session from noon to 1:15 p.m.

All events are free, virtual and open to the public. Guests are welcome to join via Zoom, and registration is encouraged. Full details and the registration link can be found at Each event in the series also will be livestreamed by WJOB via Facebook Live at @WJOB.1230.

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