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The 27th USC Chan Occupational Science Symposium

The 27th USC Chan Occupational Science Symposium, “Occupations, Disrupted: Pandemics and the Reshaping of Everyday Life,” will be held on November 5, 2021.

The virtual event will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the shape of everyday occupations and intersected with overlapping crises related to systemic racism and inequalities.

  • The Symposium will feature Dr. Roshan Galvaan from the University of Cape Town as the Wilma West Lecturer, Dr. Lawrence A. Palinkas from the USC School of Social Work as the Keynote Lecturer, and Dr. Gelya Frank from the USC Chan Division as the closing Keynote Lecturer.
  • The event will also include a live panel discussion with scholars within and outside of the USC Chan Division, including Dr. Sharon Cermak from the USC Chan Division, Dr. Genevieve Dunton from the USC Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Manuel Pastor from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, and Dr. Reginald Tucker-Seeley from the USC School of Gerontology.
  • Before and after the event, registered participants will also be able to engage with asynchronous presentations from USC faculty members, staff, and students. Asynchronous presentations will be available for viewing November 1-30.
  • Recorded elements of the synchronous event will be made available to registered participants for viewing after November 5 through November 30.

To register for the Symposium, go to tinyurl.com/ChanOSSymposium2021. Please register by Friday, October 22, 2021 at the latest.

Category Pricing
USC Chan alumni US$50
USC faculty (non-Chan) US$75
Students US$25
Non-USC faculty/community members US$75

Social sessions video submissions
USC Chan Global Initiatives will coordinate two ‘social sessions’ to be held during the Symposium, providing opportunities for participants to dialogue, network, and reflect on their experiences throughout the day. As a part of these social sessions, a video featuring Symposium participants’ personal experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic will be produced.

Find out about how you can submit your personal experiences as part of this video. The deadline for video submissions is Friday, October 8, 2021.

Please contact the Occupational Science Symposium Planning Team at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have any questions or concerns.


Symposium agenda

Asynchronous / pre-recorded presentations


View/download the program by clicking on the image of the program cover below.

27th USC Chan Occupational Science Symposium Program