Basirico included in Wall Street Journal article on traditional family reunions and COVID-19

Professor Emeritus of Sociology Larry Basirico offered insight for a Wall Street Journal article about COVID-19's impact on traditional family reunions.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted countless activities and traditions, but one of the more surprising impacts has been to the traditional family reunion, says The Wall Street Journal.

Larry Basirico, professor emeritus of sociology

The Journal published a recent article, titled “Family Reunions Regroup Amid Covid-19 Disruption” about families being forced to cancel in-person reunions and shift to virtual reunions on video conferencing apps.

The article taps Professor Emeritus of Sociology Larry Basirico for his knowledge of the history of family reunions. The author summarized Basirico’s insight, writing, “Baby boomers spurred reunions’ popularity because they were one of the first generations in the U.S. to move away from home for work, prompting families to plan events where everyone could gather … Interest in family reunions grew in the past decade as genealogy research and DNA testing through sites like took off.”

Read the entire Wall Street Journal article here.