Aug 23, 2020 • 2HR 6M

Public Health, Gang Violence and the Monuments Controversy - 8.23.2020

Open in playerListen on);

Appears in this episode

Larry Bernstein
What Happens Next offers listeners an in-depth investigation of the most pressing issues of the day. Visit for all the links and to subscribe
Episode details

David Barnes

Topic: History of Public Health – The Paris Sewers
Bio: Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania
Reading Assignment: I will pick a chapter from The Great Stink of Paris and the Nineteenth-Century Struggle against Filth and Germs, investigates how scientific developments, political imperatives, and shifting cultural mores combined to reshape perceptions of health, disease, and bodily substances during the Bacteriological Revolution.


Chris Knittel and David Barnes Q&A


Paul Rozin

Topic: How people can get use to anything
Bio: Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania


Paul Rozin and James Campbell Q&A


Chris Knittel

Topic: Four Unexpected Findings about COVID-19 Deaths
Bio: George P. Shultz Professor of Applied Economics at MIT Sloan School of Management
Reading Assignment: What does and does not correlate with COVID-19 death rates


Robert Vargas

Topic: Gang Violence in Chicago
Bio: Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago
Reading Assignment: One aspect of the discussion is transparency in crime data collection. Researchers have to agree to this agreement in Chicago to do research.


Sanford Levinson

Topic: Who decides the use of Public Space?
Bio: W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair Professor of Government at the University of Texas Law School.
Reading Assignment: Written in Stone—The Meaning of Public Monuments And Whether They Remain or Go (Kentucky Law Review)
Extra Credit for Written in Stone: Public Monuments in Changing Societies


Sanford Levinson, Paul Rozin, and James Campbell Q&A


Allen Guelzo

Topic: Why do Monuments change over time and who decides if they can stay or must go?
Bio: Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University
Reading Assignment: Although not on topic if you wish to peruse Reconstruction: A Concise History


Allen Guelzo Q&A


James Campbell

Topic: Monuments
Bio: Edgar E. Robinson Professor in US History at Stanford University
Reading Assignment: Although not on topic, please take a look at Race, Nation, and Empire in American History


Allan Guelzo and James Campbell Q&A


3:48 pm Questions for Speakers