Message #3

April 23, 2020: The Feast of St George/ Sant Jordi/San Jorge [See the online festival: https://www.santjordinyc.org/]

Dear majors and minors,

As our semester slowly comes to an end, I wanted to reach out to all of you with words of encouragement and gratitude. Thank you to those who volunteered to tutor the children of staff and faculty. Thanks also to those working or have family members working as health-care workers or who are in the front lines in food services and other professions in constant contact with the public.  

I hope that you are all well under the circumstances. I know that “being well” is relative and may change daily. Many of us are facing more challenges than others. You should know that professors in the department will continue to treat everyone with compassion and fairness. Please do not hesitate to communicate with us as your situation changes. Remember that as historians, our humanistic study of the distant and recent past can help us understand and give context to this moment and the aftermath, even if it’s just in the knowing that this will eventually pass. You should know that we miss you all. 

Here is a reminder of many reasons why you chose to major in history: http://sites.middlebury.edu/heirsofherodotus/student-voices/  Thank you to Monty, and ‘The Two Victorias’ for the help with the website, the newsletter, and community events this past year.

If any of you would like to share any thoughts, poetry, or create pieces on the quarantine, about how you are coping, or any inspiring quotes or anecdotes, please send them my way.  I will post them on the website. Because of the celebration of Sant Jordi event, I’ve been thinking about the legend of St. George slaying the dragon, and musing about how educators can help contemplate new ideas about living with our dragons. That is to say, making room make peace with our strengths and vulnerabilities, individually and collectively.  

Meanwhile, we will be discussing ways of celebrating seniors online. I will be in touch.

All the best, DJD