COVID-19: The Humanities Respond

During this COVID-19 pandemic I, like everyone else in the world, have been staying home doing my due diligence to social distance and to flatten the curve. I’m not a medical professional, nor am I an essential worker that has to leave the house. So, when I’m not working on my day job, getting groceries or exercising, I find some ways to keep myself entertained. For example, I’ve started rereading a book that I started about 6 months ago. I stopped reading this book because, well, life somehow got busy and I didn’t have time to finish.

However, after a month and a half of being under quarantine, rereading said book and repeating routines, I have gotten into a rut. I have friends that I talk to via ZOOM and we’re all on the same boat of repetitive routine. I have a friend, and I’m sure we all have that one friend, that suggests Tiger King. I’m usually a person that doesn’t watch outrageous shows, but I somehow, I got suckered into watching this one show.  Honestly, this is a show I would never have watched but my group of friends, diverse in our tastes, came together to have long conversations about this one show.

I mention all this because, The School of Humanities at University of California, Irvine is launching a series called, COVID-19: The Humanities Respond. This series includes online discussions on the cultural, creative and philosophical impacts of COVID-19. The series has just started and its first discussion is on how online streaming is building a sense of community during this time.

Please check out the link here: https://www.humanities.uci.edu/SOH/calendar/covid.php