The 2020 INTERSECT@CMU Virtual Conference Series will consider the pandemic's long-term global effects on four foundational elements of society: health, sustainability, the economy and education. The next Sessions will be held on September 25 and October 2, and include afternoon keynote lectures and panel discussions, student-led programming and opportunities for interdisciplinary discussion.
A university-wide effort supported by all seven colleges, this timely conference gathers thought leaders of disparate disciplines and perspectives from within CMU and beyond to explore the impact of COVID-19 on the future of business, technology and humanity. Join us as we discuss how our decisions today can help build a better, more robust and more equitable society.
The ECONOMY → Friday, 25 September 2020 - 1:00-3:00 pm
Coping with the pandemic is often presented as a zero-sum game — as a choice between public health and the economy. We can shut the economy down to slow the spread, but what does this mean for workers who lose their jobs and businesses that go bankrupt? Is this a false trade-off? Will we quickly rebound from the economy’s contraction, or will the effects go on for years? How will the pandemic change business, commerce and consumption in the medium and long term? What does this experience mean for international trade and globalism?
We will bring together business leaders, academics and community leaders to envision how to rebuild a more robust and equitable economy that is more resilient to future shocks.