How Do We Build Community When We Can’t Be Near Each Other? (with UB Conflict Scholars and Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos)

This is the fourth part of a series. Go to Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3.

Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Maryland hit 580 on Thursday, and are climbing rapidly. Baltimore City has 72 confirmed cases, compared to just one last Tuesday. And experts say the real number is far higher than the official count. If you’re reading this even a day or two late, these numbers will likely be wildly out of date.

Maryland schools will now be closed an extra month, through April 24. That presents the challenge of how to educate children remotely in a city where many people have limited access to technology, which school officials will be wrestling with in the coming days.

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To address another major challenge, some have called on the mayor to release funds in order to house Baltimore’s thousands of homeless people. Though the proposed location, the downtown Hilton, has since been designated a field hospital, along with the Convention Center.

The BIG Baltimore Kite Fest that would have taken place on Saturday is canceled, of course. But you can still buy a kite from Creative Alliance if you want to get outside and do something. (Just keep your distance from each other.) And Open Works has been recruiting volunteers with 3D printers to address the shortage of protective equipment in hospitals.

Continuing the conversation about how we build community when we can’t be near each other, I talked to conflict scholars at the University of Baltimore and Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos from Medicine for the Greater Good at Johns Hopkins. Here’s what they said…

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