We know – we are kind of late with our fall schedule this year. We were trying to figure out how best to function in the times of the apocalypse, but we are happy to report that we are ready to resume our activities on… drum roll… Zoom! Because we know that you have very few Zoom calls going on these days, so you must be terribly excited for a few more…
Just kidding! We are sorry not to be able to share a drink or sit next to you on a sofa, but we want to keep the meaningful conversations going, and provide our usual, non-judgmental space to discuss your pieces of writing. So, we hope that you will join us for these 3 virtual sessions this fall:
For this meeting, we are proposing to discuss three short readings about the issues we all have in mind right now:
1. The PANDEMIC! Except… with a bit of humor which never hurts: a piece by Kristin Brig for Nursing Clio titled “Joking in the Time of Pandemic: The 1889–92 Flu and 2020 COVID-19.” Link: https://nursingclio.org/2020/03/24/joking-in-the-time-of-pandemic-the-1889-92-flu-and-2020-covid-19/
2. Policing and racial justice, with an episode of the NPR history podcast Throughline about the history of policing in America where we hear from Harvard historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad. Link: https://www.npr.org/transcripts/869046127
3. Tearing down statues, with Enzo Traverso’s piece in The Jacobin. Link: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/06/statues-removal-antiracism-columbus
2. Thursday, November 19, at 8 pm: a session led by Charles Petersen, who joined Cornell’s History department as postdoctoral fellow this year. Thank you so much to Charles for accepting our invitation! More info about this session & Zoom link to follow.
3. Wednesday, December 9, time TBD: writing workshop. This will be our usual fall writing workshop with short pieces, so start thinking about a piece that you might want to submit! Zoom link to follow too.
As always, we are also going to pick a book to read over winter break, so if you have any suggestions, we’d love to hear them!
Looking forward to seeing you next week,
Benedetta & Kelsey
(Coordinators of HAW!, pandemic edition :-P)