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Documenting the Pandemic: Journal of the Plague Year

Ended Jan 8, 2021

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December 14, 2020


January 8, 2021






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Documenting the Pandemic: Journal of the Plague Year

Students will document their communities and lives during this "covid-19 winter break," and contribute to SHPRS' existing digital archive, Journal of the Plague Year ( They will briefly learn about digital, crowd-sourced archives, the need to create diverse and inclusive archives, and basic principles of ethnography. Then they will be introduced to several ways (video, audio, text, original art) that they can use to create and contribute "artifacts" of the pandemic. We will provide guiding questions, such as "Where do you see resilience demonstrated in your family or community?" "How does the pandemic affect winter holidays?" "How do you maintain connection to other ASU students during the pandemic?" while also encouraging students to forge their own paths. Students can work at their own pace, but we will provide introductory and concluding sessions, as well as either required or optional weekly zoom check-ins and resources.

1 hour welcome zoom: 12/14, 10 a.m. MST

Students work at own pace, following faculty-created story-telling and image-collecting prompts; total hours for the program, above, is an estimate 30 minute zoom each week with a faculty project leader and other students, to share ideas and troubleshoot (can be optional)

1 hour exit zoom, celebrating work and brainstorming an "ASU Strong" (or other-named) section of the digital archive Journal of the Plague Year

Badging Learning Outcomes


Session Details:

Monday, December 14, 2020 - 10:00am-11:00am

Friday, January 8, 2021 - 10:00am-11:00am

Participants Welcomed:

All undergraduates


Catherine O'Donnell