Engage Remotely

In response to COVID-19, Harvard's classes have transitioned out of the residential classroom. To facilitate this transition, VPAL has collaborated with Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) and teaching and learning centers across the University to create three websites. Teach Remotely serves as a guide for online teachers. Learn Remotely offers advice and resources for students university-wide. Socialize Remotely is a University-wide platform designed to bring our community together virtually, featuring Signature Events produced by VPAL

Recorded Signature Events on Socialize Remotely

Preventing Pandemics: From Policy to Practice

May 21, 2020

In this video, Dr. Ashish Jha and Dr. Raj Panjabi discuss "Preventing Pandemics: From Policy to Practice." Dr. Jha is a K.T. Li Professor of Global Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, and a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Panjabi is the CEO of Last Mile Health and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. They are joined by Nancy Gibbs, director of the Shorenstein Center, the visiting Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice of Press, Politics and Public Policy, and former Editor in Chief of TIME, to discuss the COVID-19 response in Africa, lessons learned from previous epidemics like the West African Ebola outbreak, and the future of global health.

Keeping Your Laptop and Phone Secure: A Discussion of Cybersecurity with CS50's David J. Malan

May 20, 2020

In 2019, the most common password, by one measure, was 123456. And the fourth-most common password was ... password. (Are either of those yours??) Suffice it to say we can do better. Even so, there are trade-offs! Join us for a discussion of cybersecurity and learn how you can keep your laptop and phone (more) secure. Just how private are your emails and texts? What's "end-to-end encryption"? Is Zoom actually bad? And just what does incognito mode do? All this and more.

Allocating Ventilators in a Pandemic

May 4, 2020

As the current pandemic unfolds, many have been concerned that our hospitals may not have enough ventilators for all who might need one. Although it now appears likely that the supply will be sufficient for the time being, the future remains uncertain, and this is a good opportunity for a societal discussion about how hospitals will decide who will receive a ventilator, and who will not, if these decisions ever become necessary. What can we learn from other past situations where it has been necessary to ration other life-saving treatments, such as dialysis machines in the 1960s, or the current and ongoing need to ration transplantable organs?

Leading Yourself In Crisis with Nancy Koehn

April 22, 2020

Nancy Koehn discusses how real leaders are made in crisis and specifically, what you can do to access this power within, so that you can lead courageously going forward. The COVID-19 crisis and the resulting economic devastation are the defining events of our lifetimes. Professor Koehn, author of Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times, will address how can you grow, lead, and learn in the crucible of this astounding moment. The presentation will also cover what lessons we can learn about leadership in times of widespread turbulence and during this crisis.

Pandemic Ethics with Michael Sandel

April 16, 2020

Michael Sandel leads Harvard students, faculty, and staff in a lively discussion about the big social, ethical, and political questions raised by the COVID pandemic. View this University-wide discussion on Pandemic Ethics: Should we use surveillance technologies to monitor compliance with social distancing? If hospitals have too few ventilators for those in need, how should they be allocated? Should we be willing to risk some loss of life to restart the economy?