Call for Participants: Documenting the Fairfield University Experience During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The DiMenna-Nyselius Library invites all members of the Fairfield University community to add their voices to the Fairfield University Archives & Special Collections by contributing to our Documenting the Fairfield University Experience During the COVID-19 Pandemic Project.

The past month has forced significant changes upon the way we work, study, communicate, shop, and think about our surroundings. Without a doubt, this is an unprecedented moment in our own, our family's, our country's, and our university's histories and you've probably been recording or documenting your experience during the pandemic in various ways. Perhaps you've taken photos of the empty aisles at the grocery store or the long line leading up the drive-thru. Maybe you took a screenshot of the Zoom call you had with your extended family on Easter Sunday or have been posting your thoughts to Instagram Stories.

We're interested in genuine expressions of experience, not necessarily perfect grammar or style and because this is new to all of us, we're open to what you're willing to share. We also haven't set a deadline for this project, so if you are interested in participating and not sure what to share, we invite you to start keeping a diary of thoughts, images, videos, documents that you think accurately captures how you're feeling during this time. Historians of the future will want to know how we adapted our lives to the changes brought about by this pandemic and this is the best way to ensure that your voice is heard now, and in the future.

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