UM Alumni Association Features ‘A Time of Healing’ Lecture Series

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Alumni Association will host a lecture series dedicated to the aftermath of COVID-19, its many impacts on society and discussions on how to move forward from the pandemic.

In its 23rd year, the Community Lecture Series features UM faculty who present lectures and engage with UM alumni and community members on timely topics. Free and open to the public, the 2021 series is titled “Belief and Truth in a Time of Healing” and features six digital lectures on Zoom Webinar and Facebook Live on the topics of truth and healing from physical, mental and emotional perspectives. Each lecture will feature a Q-and-A, and registration is requested at

The schedule of lectures is:

  • Feb. 9: “Healing Through Community in the Face of Death: Lessons from the Black Plague and its Aftermath,” Ashby Kinch, UM professor of English Literature  
  • Feb. 16: “Healing Following Trauma: Finding Truth and Meaning in Narratives,” Annie Belcourt, UM pharmacy professor.  
  • Feb. 23: “Public Pleas and Family Feuds: The Challenges of Changing Behavior and Maintaining Relationships in a Pandemic,” Heather Voorhees, UM communications assistant professor.  
  • March 2: “The Gatekeeper’s Dilemma: Information Flow in the Pandemic Age,” Lee Banville, UM journalism associate professor.  
  • March 9: “Healing and Modern Medicine after COVID-19,” Jay Evans, UM research professor for the Division of Biomedical Sciences and pharmaceutical sciences.  
  • March 16: “The Perils of Forced Agreement: Why Americans Were Divided on COVID-19 and What We Should (and Shouldn’t) Do About It,” Luke Conway, UM psychology professor. 

For more information on the Community Lecture Series visit or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 406-243-5211.


Contact: Jodi Moreau, UM Alumni Association associate director, 406-243-5211,