Seeing the Pandemic through the Lens of History

(Trigger warning: Some images may be disturbing.)

In the midst of the world and our nation confronting a pandemic that has already infected over a million and killed tens of thousands as of this writing, our old day-to-day lives seem far away. Working at the office, sharing time with colleagues, teaching students, and even walking from the parking lot to the office seem like distant memories to me.

Books, Interviews, and My Happy Place

Before anything else, I think it is worth mentioning that so many of our plans for the rest of the semester changed in a matter of weeks. I found myself consumed by the adjustments needed to be made in such a short amount of time.

Literally Literary Interview: Maurice Carlos Ruffin

The Literally Literary podcast crew of Jorge Gomez and Vanessa Zuñiga interview 2020 PEN/Faulker finalist Maurice Carlos Ruffin about his dystopian novel We Cast a Shadow in which Black Americans are subjugated, and the protagonist tries to save his son by making him undergo a horrific procedure that will replace his Black melanin with white skin.

A Brief History of Riots in America

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an African American man, was killed by Minneapolis police who placed a knee on his neck while detaining him on alleged forgery.  In response to the killing of Floyd, people gathered in Minneapolis to protest his death and press for his killers to be held accountable.  What started as a peaceful protest escalated to rioting and looting.  

Let Nature Be Your Teacher

Sarah Lord

“The child is the father of the man.”

This is one of the celebrated eighteenth century romantic poet William Wordsworth’s most famous lines from the poem “My Heart Leaps Up." This line illustrates Wordsworth’s reverent and nostalgic attitude toward childhood and the lessons we learn during that impressionable time.