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Greetings from the Hall Center for the Humanities. We hope that you and your loved ones are well and taking good care of yourselves as the pandemic continues to transform our day-to-day routines.

The last few weeks have highlighted the enormous value of the arts and humanities as they inspire, stimulate, entertain, and – yes – distract people across the United States and around the globe. Here at the Hall Center, we are eager to provide intellectual community and engagement despite physical distancing. To that end, we are launching a Virtual Hall Center for the Humanities that will have several components:

  • For all our friends, old and new, we are making available through our YouTube channel over a hundred videos of past talks, interviews, and conversations featuring a wide array of Hall Center visiting speakers. Please visit the Hall Center’s YouTube Channel to experience, whether for the first time or as a repeat experience, these fascinating and thought-provoking events.
  • We rescheduled and streamed online several public events that were scheduled to take place in March and April, stay tuned for announcements regarding future programs!
  • We are launching the second season of our popular Final Fridays downtown program Humanities in the Wild online; we will return to meeting at Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop on Massachusetts Street once it is safe to do so. Details for the first event available HERE.
  • For our humanities faculty, we have shifted our regular FACULTY SHUT UP AND WRITE gatherings (https://hallcenter.ku.edu/faculty-shut-write) to an online platform. Information about times and access is available HERE.
  • We also recently supported a virtual conference that enabled humanities scholars who had written papers for now cancelled conferences to deliver their papers and engage with colleagues online.
  • In addition, we are planning opportunities for faculty members and students in the humanities to share their scholarly work-in-progress in virtual equivalents of the Hall Center interdisciplinary seminars that have enriched the humanities community at KU for many years.

Please let us know if you have additional ideas for sustaining and enhancing  intellectual connections during the weeks ahead. We are deeply committed to providing support and community in ways that highlight the value and relevance of the Humanities as we continue to navigate this challenging situation.

You are all in our thoughts.

With best wishes,

Richard, Andrew, Kathy, Dan, Alyson, April, and Eliott.

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