COVID-19 Response: Humanities Resources

While the COVID-19 crisis largely has brought regular arts and humanities programming to a standstill throughout the country, humanities communities and individuals have been adapting their work to be accessible even in these ever-changing and uncertain circumstances. See below to learn more about valuable humanities programming taking place throughout the region and the country. As the University of Kentucky's Center for the Humanities, we seek to do our part for the humanities community by promoting its good work, which is never more relevant and important than in times like these.

This list is regularly updated and expanded, so be sure to check back to see new resources and information!


Gaines Center for the Humanities: "Over Yonder" Series

We at the Gaines Center recently introduced a project titled "Over Yonder," a video conversation series on our YouTube channel in which we interview Kentucky artists, thinkers, and creatives to learn about their work and how they are adapting it to the "new normal" of the COVID-19 crisis.


Hope, Through History Podcast with Jon Meacham

Cadence13, a leading premium podcast company, presents Hope, Through History, a limited-run documentary podcast series written and narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham.  Meacham, who was the keynote speaker at the Gaines Center's 2018 Bale Boone Symposium, will explore five defining moments in time when America's leaders and citizens were forced to confront crises of historic magnitude, offering a rich and textured portrait of not only the events themselves, but also an overview of how they impacted the economy and culture, and how the country came together and emerged stronger on the other side.


Vanderbilt University: "Writing seminar considers chivalry in the age of COVID-19"

Students explore the idea of 21st-century chivalry, especially in the time of COVID-19, in the context of its medieval origins.


University of Michigan: "New 'House Calls' series features virtual studio visits with Michigan artists"

"The Institute for the Humanities has announced a new streaming video series, House Calls: Virtual Studio Visits with Michigan Artists in a Pandemic.  The series features virtual studio visits with ten artists across Michigan, produced via video chat with Institute for the Humanities curator and staff."


Appalshop: Annual Summer Music Festival "Will Be Socially Distanced and One-of-a-Kind"

Appalshop, a Southeast Kentucky documentary organization, dug deep into its archives of bluegrass performances to bring us this year's edition of their annual Seedtime on the Cumberland music festival.  The lineup featured archived performances by deceased legends and living masters alike, as well as livestreamed performances.  Seedtime 2020 took place on June 6.


Appalshop: #AppalshopWatchParty Campaign Fosters Virtual Community

"Here's how it works: we've curated films from our archive to screen and watch together.  Some days we've shown home videos from here in Letcher County; other days we've shown full-length documentaries made by Appalshop filmmakers.  We invite you to join us for all of our #AppalshopWatchParty screenings, and join your neighbors, too: because we're hosting Appalshop watch parties over Facebook, you can chat directly with other people as we all watch the film together for a true, socially-distanced community screening.  We've also made our entire digital catalogue of films free to rent on Vimeo, and it will stay that way as long as this thing lasts.  Just use code "watchparty" when you rent a film over Vimeo (and let us know what you choose to watch)!"


Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning: "Carnegie From Your Couch"

Lexington's Carnegie Center is offering its spring writing classes and creative resources for adults and children through virtual platforms.


Ohio State University American Religious Sounds Project: "Call For Sounds!"

"Are you part of a religious or spiritual community that has changed its practices due to the COVID-19 pandemic?  Are you now participating in worship services online, meeting in small groups, or observing alone at home?  What does your religious or spiritual practice sound like during this difficult time?  The American Religious Sounds Project wants to hear from you!"


Carolina Public Humanities: Virtual Humanities Happy Hours

"One way to get through difficult times like these is by connecting to a community of people to talk, learn, and laugh.  With this in mind, CPH invites you to grab a beverage of your choice and join us for a enjoy a conversation with various members of the UNC community each week for our Virtual Humanities Happy Hour.  To comply with safe social distancing practices, these Virtual Humanities Happy Hours will all take place over Zoom.  These hour long conversations will feature short presentations by various UNC faculty, followed by a Q&A session with the audience."


Emerging Writers from the Appalachian Writers' Workshop: A Virtual Reading and Discussion

On Friday, August 14, four authors will congregate for a virtual reading and discussion of their work on Hindman Settlement School's Facebook page.  They are: Savannah Sipple, Leah Hampton, Wesley Browne, and Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle.  The event will begin at 8:00 P.M.


The Louvre: Virtual Tours

None of us will be visiting the world's most visited museum in person any time soon, but the Louvre offers 7 different virtual tours of its various galleries!  An invaluable resource for all ages to immersively access the largest collection of art in the world.


The British Museum: "The Museum of the World" Virtual Project

The world-renowned British Museum has partnered with Google to create a state-of-the-art immersive online experience of its artifacts.  The project features an easy-to-use interactive timeline of human history featuring artifacts from across the globe.  Read about them and listen to British Museum curators discuss their signifance!  Perfect for young people and adults alike.