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!
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.
The Kentucky Historical Society is taking its annual kids' summer camp online! "Virtual summer camps will come with a 'camp kit' full of crafts and activities based on a weekly theme. Our museum educators will meet with campers daily via an online platform to lead activity instruction and tour the museums. Kits can be picked up at the History Center or shipped for an additional fee." Registration ends June 30.
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.
Students explore the idea of 21st-century chivalry, especially in the time of COVID-19, in the context of its medieval origins.
"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, which begins April 15, will feature virtual studio visits with ten artists across Michigan, produced via video chat with Institute for the Humanities curator and staff."
Appalshop, a Southeast Kentucky documentary organization, is digging 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 will feature archived performances by deceased legends and living masters alike, as well as livestreamed performances. Seedtime 2020 will take place on June 6.
"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)!"
Lexington's Carnegie Center is offering its spring writing classes and creative resources for adults and children through virtual platforms.
"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!"
"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."