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Earnest Talks Politics of COVID-19 on Credit Hour

David Earnest David Earnest, Ph.D., discussed the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the upcoming election and the politics of COVID-19 on the podcast, Credit Hour.

VERMILLION, S.D. – David Earnest, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, discussed the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the upcoming election and the politics of COVID-19 on the podcast, Credit Hour.

“When I think about the politics of COVID-19, it’s not changing things,” said Earnest. “It’s accelerating trends and processes that would have happened anyways but now are occurring more quickly.”

Speaking about the message he tells young people entering politics—Earnest hopes they can use the skills they learn at USD to solve society’s most difficult problems.

“These aren’t merely academic problems. We’re providing the skills and values to solve the most pressing problems of tomorrow. Use your knowledge, your skills and your gifts in the service of our communities and our society,” he said.

Earnest said the pandemic will be a shared experience that he hopes will unite us rather than divide us.

“All of us are going through this together. This is an experience that we share, and societies that share traumatic experience find strength in unity,” said Earnest. “My hope is that 10-15 years from now, we can look back and say this is a moment we were at our best, that we found commonality, and that we found the strength to collaborate, solve problems and care for each other.” 

Credit Hour is the University of South Dakota’s podcast highlighting the achievement, research and scholarship of its staff, students, alumni and faculty. Follow Credit Hour on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and


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