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Examine ancient to modern outbreaks to find out why modernity is less vulnerable than in the past

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Students will learn how to identify essential elements of information (EEIs). Students will also learn how to concisely communicate the Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF) to peers and academic leadership. 

Students will learn how modern systems change the calculation of historical outcomes of pandemics. 
Running head first into the 2014-15 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa, I headed a small company that helped build many of the Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) in rural Liberia. Building during an outbreak in a foreign and super impoverished country molded my worldview from the perspective of some of the most vulnerable humans on Earth. My class will demonstrate how Liberia defeated ebola under very challenging conditions--offer a unique "lessons learned" cased in history.  
I recognize the sensitive nature of the current pandemic and the emotional impact on students and families. My experience working in West Africa during the last Ebola outbreak offers a unique and optimistic perspective of how data and larger modern systems handle pandemics. Students will gain a useful perspective that will serve as a balanced filter in today's diverse information environment. 

The podcast titled "A Day In the Life Living With the Plague" has a few comments and images that push the boundary of traditional academic media. In an attempt to be entertaining the content creator uses shock tactics to make his points, however the overall information is important to understanding the life cycle of someone infected with the plague. At a time when information is vital I ask students and teachers to look beyond the shortcomings of the content and extract the important information. 
I am leverage my careers as a government intelligence analyst and a green energy builder in rural Africa to teach students language (Portuguese, Spanish), smart cities and a host of life skills like; cleaning, proper sleep, gender balance and... 
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for 5 classes
5x per week, 1 week
55 min

Completed by 1 learner
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
3-12 learners per class

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