Dispatches: From the Program Coordinator, Christine Tolentino

Five Questions With Dr. Lindsay Atnip on Humanities in the Age of COVID-19

May 5, 2020

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In an interview conducted by The Bottom Line, Dr. Atnip answered a few questions about the role of the humanities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read her interview

Read the interview at The Bottom Line.

COVID-19: The Humanities Respond

April 27, 2020

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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.

NEH Offers Emergency Relief Funding to Cultural Institutions Affected by Coronavirus

April 22, 2020

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Great news! The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that it is providing grants to preserve cultural institutions negatively impacted by the COVID-19 shutdowns.

For More Information visit the NEH site.

Introducing Aspen Ideas Now

April 17, 2020

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A new resource from The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute has an extraordinary collection of stories from formidable leaders and inspiring thinkers during a time of this pandemic. Subscribe to Aspen Ideas Now!

I’m often fascinated by what the world was like in a time before social media, trending internet memes, and how our world leaders handled troubling times. Some days, as I take a break from my “new norm” I like to listen to podcasts while I take a much-needed walk, while practicing social distancing of course. The Aspen Institute has a new podcast, Aspen Ideas To Go. This weeks topic is about Lincoln’s Leadership in a time of Crisis. I encourage you all to take a listen to this.