Working remotely in the coronavirus "lock-down"
The entire country of Italy is currently in a national “lock-down” to help lessen the spread of the coronavirus. Our building is closed until April 3 as required by this national mandate, but our work and creativity continues. (Click here for more info on how the Siena School for Liberal Arts is responding to the coronavirus) Our students and instructors are working remotely and “meeting” through video-conferencing to hold lessons, provide mentorship, facilitate research, etc. It's a reminder that our school is not just a place or structure. More than anything it is a community of people brought together for their shared passion for interdisciplinary learning, creativity, and culture.
It is true that it is a challenge to lead our courses remotely, and we wish we could be together in-person but it is imporant to abide by the national #iostoacasa mandate, so we are trying to be inventive with alternate possibilities!
In fact, rather than trying to just “carry on” despite the virus crisis, we are considering how we as scholars/writers/musicians/artists can respond to the unprecedented times that we are living through, a means to process and make sense of what is happening around us. Here are some screenshots of our recent skype meetings together.
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