Roundtable on a Future After Covid in Higher Ed, Healthcare & Architecture

Michael Horswell, Safiya George and Jeffrey Huber
Current Events / Other

Course Description

“The COVID pandemic is one of the most dangerous challenges this world has faced in our lifetime. It is above all a human crisis with severe health and socioeconomic consequences (statement by the Secretary General of the U.N., April, 2020).” In this roundtable, experts analyze the future of three important aspects of our society after COVID: higher education with Dr. Michael Horswell, healthcare with Dr. Safiya George and architecture with Jeffrey E. Huber, AIA. Each speaker will explore how their area of expertise has responded to the impact of COVID and what we citizens should expect in the years to come. The presenters are leading their organizations through the pandemic and work at the vanguard of the transformations of each of these areas that affect so many people every day.

About the Instructor

  • Dr. Michael Horswell currently serves as the Dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the largest college at FAU. He supervises 10 academic departments, 4 academic schools, and a center, thereby leading more than 500 faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and staff in the education of more than 6,000 students each semester. Before becoming the Dean of the College, Dr. Horswell served as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (2012-2017) and Chair of the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature (2008-2012) at FAU. He also manages the start-up of the FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Michael J. Horswell earned his Ph.D. in Latin American literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also holds a MA in Spanish from Middlebury College in Vermont, and a BA in Spanish and Business Economics from Wofford College in his native South Carolina.

    Dr. Safiya George is currently Dean and Professor at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at FAU. Prior to joining FAU, she served as Director of the Office of Scholarly Affairs and Assistant Dean for Research at the University of Alabama. Her primary research area aims to promote the health and holistic well-being of individuals with or at risk for HIV/AIDS through evidence-based psychosocial interventions focused on social determinants of health. Dr. George earned her PhD and MSN degrees from Emory University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University in Religion and Health Research. She is nationally known in the areas of holistic health, spirituality and HIV. Dr. George has received a number of honors and recognition for her work. She is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2018 and as a Distinguished Fellow into the National Academies of Practice in 2020.

    Jeffrey E. Huber, AIA, Assoc. ASLA, NCARB, LEED AP is an Associate Professor and Interim Director of the School of Architecture at FAU. He is also a Principal and Director of Urban Design and Planning at the internationally recognized firm of Brooks + Scarpa Architects. Huber’s work combines ecological, landscape, urban, and architectural design with a focus on resiliency and adaptation. His design research and work have garnered over 100 national and international design awards and have been published in numerous books and periodicals including Architect Magazine, Residential Architect, Metropolis, The Plan Journal and Architectural Record. A recent project, Salty Urbanism, that provides a design framework to address future sea-level rise adaptation in South Florida, received an AIA National Institute Honor Award in 2018. Huber also received the AIA National Young Architects Award in 2017, the highest individual honor bestowed on a licensed architect in their early career. Jeff earned a Masters Degree in Architecture in 2004 from the University of Florida and a Master of Landscape Architecture in 2019 from Florida International University.

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