The Unprecedented: Reading and Writing about the Pandemic

By the time we convene for this course, our reality might have an entirely new and unrecognizable shape, or it might be so familiar to us, that it will be hard to imagine it was ever otherwise. In the very least, we will have been asked to recalibrate many aspects of our current lives, from relationships to jobs, from self-awareness to trust.

In this course, we will examine the language that shapes our experience of the current moment. What does it mean to have a shared reality when sharing itself has been disabled? What does it mean to find comfort in projections, when the future itself seems unimaginable? How unprecedented is our situation and how and why do we find comfort in that idea?

Together we will read and analyze the political and cultural rhetoric surrounding the pandemic. Will the next few months give us enough hindsight and humility to look at the current moment with both intelligence and empathy?

Session One
Course is Full
at the time of application
on the first day of session
Scheduled Class Time*

08:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PDT)

*The course will meet for two hours daily (Monday–Friday) for a live class during this window of time. The exact time will be set closer to the program start. In addition to the live meeting times, students will engage in out-of-class learning assignments such as assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more.