Wharton’s Coronavirus Course Discussions

Watch discussions featuring faculty and alumni following classes in Wharton’s new course, “Epidemics, Natural Disasters, and Geopolitics: Managing Global Business and Financial Uncertainty,” which focuses on the impact and implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Profs. Mauro Guillen & Sarah Light discuss the legal framework for disaster relief in the United States and how the Defense Production Act factors into PPE supply discussions. 


Former Dean Geoff Garrett speaks with Prof. Beth Simmons about building global borders, what has caused those borders to thicken, and historical efforts to border communities during pandemics. 

Profs. Mauro Guillen & Barbara Mellers talked about Mellers’ research on human forecasting and the ramifications of verbal uncertainty phrases.

Profs. Mauro Guillen & Martine Haas discuss the future of remote work.

Former Dean Geoff Garrett talks with University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann about crisis management, projections for the fall semester at Penn, and the future of higher education.

Profs. Mauro Guillen & Sigal Barsade discuss the idea of “emotional contagion” and how it’s relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Profs. Mauro Guillen & Adam Grant discuss how to manage uncertainty and maintain a sense of purpose during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Profs. Mohamed El-Erian & Mauro Guillen discuss the state of the global economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Former Dean Geoff Garrett discusses the timeline of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and what we can expect in the future with Prof. Ezekiel Emanuel.

Profs. Angela Duckworth & Katy Milkman discuss ways to form new routines when working from home.

Prof. Mauro Guillen talks with Ambassador Joseph Westphal on U.S. military strategies and resources when coping with a crisis.

Profs. Angela Duckworth & Mauro Guillen discuss how people can find happiness during a stressful time.

Profs. Howard Kunreuther & Mauro Guillen discuss cognitive biases that influence our decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Former Dean Geoff Garrett talks with Prof. Katherine Milkman about managing stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prof. Mauro Guillen talks with Joaquin Duato about how Johnson & Johnson is approaching the COVID-19 pandemic.

Former Dean Geoff Garrett speaks with Larry Jameson, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and Executive Vice President for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, about the demand on health care providers amid COVID-19.

Prof. Mauro Guillen and Former Dean Geoff Garrett discuss the global impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Profs. Kent Smetters & Mauro Guillen discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the workforce and on the U.S. economy.