Coronavirus Extra: Staying Sharp in a Time of Social Distancing


These are brief interviews with our talented Emory & Henry faculty members that are guaranteed to keep you sharp while we’re limited in our social activity. We’ll post times for the LIVE event, and then we’ll post a recorded version to be enjoyed and shared later.


March 20, 5 pm: Happiness – In a time of social distancing

Dr. Celeste Gaia, E&H Psychology Department and director of E&H Study Abroad Program,  will talk a little about the psychology of happiness and offer tips on keeping our spirits up during such an unusual time. We’ll talk with her on March 20, designated the International Day of Happiness. Click here to watch the video of our discussion with Dr. Gaia!

Additional reading links:

The Pursuit of Happiness: Bringing the Science of Happiness to Life

International Happiness Day
American Psychological Association – General Resources – Pandemics
Psychology Today


March 24, 5 pm: Fit to Print

With so many updates coming our way, it’s hard to know what we can trust. Dr. Mark Finney, E&H Mass Communications Department, will talk about how to know if you can trust your source of news and information. 

Watch the video of our conversation! 

Check out Dr. Finney’s “side gig” – he’s part of Tumbling Creek Cider! 


March 26, 5 pm: Reading Matters

We’ve all got a little extra time on our hands – so reading seems like a great option! Scott Sikes, Appalachian Center and blogger about reading, will share some great suggestions and talk a bit about why reading is a great option during downtime. 

And here are some links from Scott to follow up on the talk:


Here’s the video of our conversation


Friday, March 27, 7 pm: What About the Economy?

Dr. Deborah Spencer, E&H Economics professor, will talk a little about how this current situation is likely to affect the world and US economy. 

Here is a link to the video of this fascinating conversation.


Wednesday, April 1, 7 pm: Keep Moving!

Joy Scruggs, E&H physical education department (almost retired!),will give us some basic tips on wellness in a time when we’re asked to keep a little distance from other folks. 

Here’s the video of our conversation!


Friday, April 3, 3:30 pm: You Don’t Have to Stay Inside!

Dr. Steve Hopp, E&H Environmental Studies faculty, will talk about some of the cool things we can do in nature during these days of social isolation. Check out the video of our conversation!


Tuesday, Apr. 7: What Exactly IS a Virus?

Tuesday, April 7,  6 pm: Dr. Jamie Ferguson, E&H Chemistry Dept., will talk to us about what a Virus IS exactly…and about what is so unique about COVID-19. 
Here’s our really fascinating conversation with Dr. Ferguson about viruses.


Monday,  Apr. 27: Interesting Data: what does it mean?

Monday, April 27,  4 pm: Dr. Shelley Koch will help us make sense of some disturbing and though-provoking data we’re learning about those who have died from COVID-19.

Watch the video of this interesting discussion!


Wednesday, Apr.  29, 1 pm: Jobs and internships in a time of COVID-19

Join us for a thoughtful discussion with Dr. Tracy Lauder!

Check out this interesting conversation about a new way of thinking about internships!