State of the Lehigh Valley
November 13 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 amFree
The Lehigh Valley Research Consortium, is pleased to announce the 2020 State of the Lehigh Valley event will take place on Friday, November 13 virtually.
Since 2008, the LVRC has provided valuable information to our community on various quality-of-life indicators and has served as a forum for community discussion and collaboration. This year our theme is Community Resilience and our contributors will focus on the impact that major social disruptions, like COVID-19, have on the Lehigh Valley.
The report and event will feature both social science and humanities research, but the entire report will be framed through the perspective of community resilience as a means of helping us process and interpret this unique time.
The SOLV consists of a written report and an accompanying community-wide event featuring short presentations by the report authors. The report is managed by two paid editors who are faculty members from local colleges. The report will be publicly available to the community, with early release provided to those attending the event. This year, in recognition of potential social distancing guidelines, the event will be virtual. It will feature short presentations by each of the contributors followed by an open Q & A period with audience members.
Several topics, such as distance learning and inequality speak to the diversity that has developed in the Valley over the last 50 years. Addressing various public health implications with the emerging public health collaborative will shine a light on the expanding health care industry in the Valley. Addressing the repercussions of this major public health crisis also hearkens back to one of the last major social disruptions in our region: the closing of Bethlehem Steel and the shift from being a manufacturing hub. Finally, the nature of community resilience itself speaks very specifically to the Lehigh Valley as a distinct place, whose unique attributes contribute to its ability to rebound from a major upheaval to our professional and personal lives.
Registration for this program will open August 10, 2020. LVAIC member campuses should use the Campus Member ticket. Community members should use the Community Member ticket.
The Lehigh Valley Research Consortium is sponsored in part by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, with generous support provided by a grant to Lafayette College from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.