Kennedy Lecture in Global Social Issues

Kennedy Lecture in Global Social Issues introduces the Trent and broader communities to exemplary scholars and leaders engaged in issues of social justice that have global dimensions.

Founded by Trent alumnus Bruce Kennedy '66, this endowed lecture aims to provide a focal point for discussions that can lead to a better understanding of our world, our place within it, and an examination of how to improve our engagement with key global issues.

Four Lessons from the Middle of the Pandemic


In just over a year, COVID-19 has gone from completely unknown to dramatically altering the global landscape. There is much that we still do not know about the virus, but we are starting to see some important truths come to light as we examine how various governments have responded. In particular, we are learning that the global health system is both doing better and doing worse than we imagined; that COVID risk isn't equal across all groups; that the cliche about viruses not respecting borders may not be as true as we thought; and that finding a vaccine will not be enough.


Watch a recording of Four Lessons from the Middle of the Pandemic


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Dr. Jeremy Youde

Dean, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota Duluth 

About Dr. Youde 

Dr. Jeremy Youde joined the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) as dean in July 2019.

From 2016 to 2019, Dr. Youde was an associate professor in the Department of International Relations in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. During his tenure there, he served as deputy director (Education) for the Coral Bell School, interim head of the Department of International Relations, and acting associate Dean (Education) for the College of Asia and the Pacific.

Before going to Australia, Professor Youde was a member of the Department of Political Science at UMD from 2008 to 2016. He earned tenure at UMD in 2012 and served as department head for three and a half years. He previously held appointments at Grinnell College and San Diego State University.

An internationally recognized expert on global health politics, Prof. Youde is the author of five books, co-editor of three volumes, and the author of more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

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