Pandemic Urbanism

A virtual symposium on COVID-19 and cities | May 29, 2020


The organizers of the Pandemic Urbanism symposium dedicate this event to the people who have died of COVID-19 and other conditions created by the pandemic. We send our deepest condolences to their families and communities.

We express our appreciation for the undervalued essential workers who have been critical to our survival. We recognize the communities who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, both economically and in their health and wellness.

We condemn the proliferation of sinophobia and anti-Asian racism as a result of COVID-19. We must call out racism when we see it and continue fighting for equity and transformative, systems-level change.

Just days before the symposium, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officers killed George Floyd. In solidarity with the national and international protests and the outpouring of outrage and grief for the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubrey, Tony McDade, and the many other Black people who have been victims of police brutality and systemic racism, we pledge to listen, learn and act to find a path forward towards an anti-racist society.

During the mid-day plenary session, Professor Bonnie Duran of the University of Washington Schools of Social Work and Public Health observed, “There are no outsiders in oppression. We must all do the work [to end it].” To that end, here are some learning materials crowd-sourced by activists and academics.

—The Organizers of the Pandemic Urbanism Symposium



Missed the symposium? Videos of all sessions are now available.


Header image: Flickr user Nickolay Romensky