What 2020 taught us about the importance of the humanities

“The archive is a response that attempts to make sense of (the pandemic), to organize it, to collect it, to share it with future historians,” Tebeau said. “To have our students and others describe it is a pretty powerful way to make sense of this moment. Many in our community have found solace and fellowship in the spaces of the archive.”

In a time where it seems the nation is plagued with constant division and individuals are facing new experiences with isolation and loss of normalcy, the journal is a prime example of what the humanities can do: connect and bridge understanding.

“We’re basically mysteries to each other, right? Everybody is. Then the past is a mystery to the present; the present is a mystery to the future … the humanities are just trying to bridge that divide,” O’Donnell said. “We tend to talk more about bridging between cultures, but

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Can extracurriculars activities and skills really be taught online?



a person sitting at a table using a laptop: Can extracurriculars, skills and instruments really be taught online? Let's find out.


Can extracurriculars, skills and instruments really be taught online? Let’s find out.

Not so long ago, career fields were pre-decided by parents and teachers; either you can be an engineer, a doctor, a chartered accountant, or an MBA, this more or less sums it up. Career choices like a chef, a chess player, a fashion designer, a painter, and even a ballet-dancer were thoroughly recognised and well-acknowledged only in the second decade of the 21st century.

What we are seeing in 2020 is that the adaption towards digital academic and skills learning has grown immensely across the country and globally. Even before the pandemic, the global e-learning market was already seeing massive annual growth.

While learning math and science online wasn’t taken seriously five years ago, today, online education is mainstream and rapidly evolving. The conservative Indian parents are now more comfortable and supportive of sharing laptops and tablets as

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What Teaching Online Classes Taught Me About Remote Learning

What if you gave a Zoom class and nobody came? That was my nightmare come true when I tried to teach my first online class in March. Many professors had taught online for years, by choice. Not me. I was forced.

A Manhattan technophobe, I freaked out, worried that if I lost my students I’d lose my job. I didn’t have anyone’s phone numbers, just email addresses. Luckily, I’d set up my old 2012 MacBook next to a newer model for Zooming. That way I could see and lead my entire feature journalism class while simultaneously being able to read and critique their work. The back-up laptop had an added benefit—in my inbox I found 25 emails explaining they’d never received the Zoom invitation I’d sent, the syllabus, or course material.

“Gmail doesn’t like group emails with attachments,” said the IT expert I’d emergency texted. “Send in iCloud.”

I tried

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