Humboldt Digital Dialogues: Culture and Covid

Findings from a report on the influence of cultural factors on the success of countries in dealing with the coronavirus crisis, which was developed in partnership between the Vanderbilt Cultural Contexts of Health and Wellbeing Initiative, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

On May 25th, American Friends hosted the second session of the Humboldt Digital Dialogues series on Science, Society, and Policy: Lessons from the Coronavirus Pandemic. This session focused on Culture, Society, and Politics in Health Crises: National Responses to COVID-19.


  • Professor Šumit Ganguly, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University
  • Professor Edward (Ted) Fischer, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University


  • Dr. Andrea Stith, director of research development for science and engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a member of the AFAvH Board of Directors