Whitman College Coronavirus Stories Collection


In collaboration with students in Library 160: Documentation and Representation in Archives, the Whitman College and Northwest Archives created the Whitman Coronavirus Stories Project to capture the Whitman community’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, Whitman classes were moved online for the remainder of the semester. The project aims to document how students, faculty and staff are impacted as they work, teach and learn from home, and practice social distancing. The goal is to collect the stories, experiences, and evidence of our changed lives, both the painful and difficult, and the unexpectedly beautiful and hopeful. Academic, creative, artistic or reflective submissions are encouraged and accepted. To read more about the project and how to participate, visit our website: https://library.whitman.edu/blog/whitman-coronavirus-stories/. We invite continued submissions of stories to this project. To make a submission, click here.

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Creator (cre): Johnson, Hitomi
May 1, 2020

Longing for hugs: The picnic tables on Ankeney Field are students' gathering place under nice weathers before and even during the Social Distancing period. But the morning of May 1, they were standing on the one end and leaning on to each other as if they were hugging each other. Because I have been missing physical closeness to other human beings so much, my perspective may be influenced by my wish.