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Features Fall 2020

Two Pandemics, a Century Apart

In the fall of 1918, the University of Michigan was forced to address a spreading pandemic while the final months of World War I continued to disrupt American life and University operations. News coverage in The Michigan Daily shows clear parallels between the 1918 pandemic and the COVID-19 outbreak of 2020. 

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Features Fall 2020

Class of 2020: Graduating Together, From Afar

Before the pandemic forced Michigan Law to postpone Senior Day in 2020, David Louison was chosen by his peers to deliver the student keynote. 

A month or so into COVID-19 lockdown, as the Law School prepared an online celebration for the graduating 3Ls, LLMs, and SJDs—an in-person ceremony is planned for 2021—Louison went for a walk to consider what a virtual commencement speech could look like. “I was just thinking, ‘Am I going to do a speech at all?’”