(This pandemic) will change the way we move, build, learn, and connect.

Professor Aisha Ahmad, Why You Should Ignore All That Coronavirus-Inspired Productivity Pressure


Five months into the global COVID-19 pandemic, what can we learn from the experience that might help us confront the many other challenges facing our planet, including the ultimate existential challenge of climate change? 

Join students from around the world for an interactive discussion about how to accept, embrace and navigate the “new normal” brought about by global crises. Listen in as Professor Ahmad explains to Hart House’s John Monahan how “(c)alamity is a great teacher.” Global Commons alum Mahrukh Ahmed hosts.

Don’t miss this essential opportunity for conversation and connection.

How to join the conversation / What to know

  1. This event will take place entirely online. Students will be participating through Zoom. You should have a reliable internet connection, computer or phone, and a working microphone and camera.
  2. We invite you to read Dr. Ahmad’s article “Why You Should Ignore All That Productivity Pressure” prior to the event. (10 min read)
  3. Once you register, you will receive confirmation of your spot in the event.
  4. The Zoom meeting information and link and password will be provided 24 hours before the event via email.

Hart House Global Commons

The Hart House Global Commons is an international dialogue space that connects students participating from multiple global locations to engage in real-time conversations about issues that are pressing and pertinent to everyone, regardless of place. We hope you will join us for a unique opportunity to connect across contexts, exchange dialogue and perspectives, and learn from each other—all without leaving your living space!

International Partners

Universidad de Ios Andes
Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies
Sciences Po

University of Toronto Sponsors

Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
Student Life Centre for Community Partnerships
Centre for International Experience
Centre for Student Engagement
International Student Centre
International Education Centre

Event Metadata

Event Ended

  • Date: Wed, May 27, 2020
  • Time & Duration: 9:00 am – 10:30 am (EST) (1h 30m)
  • Cost:
    • Free


  • Venue: Online
  • Note: Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants 24 hours before the event.