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Picturing a Pandemic Opening Reception

by Michelle Hendley on 2024-05-06T11:07:58-04:00 | 0 Comments

On Thursday May 2, the Galleries at SUNY Oneonta hosted the opening reception for the exhibition, Picturing a Pandemic.  The exhibition corresponds with the recent publication, Chronicling a Crisis: SUNY Oneonta's Pandemic Diaries.  Chronicling a Crisis is edited by Ed Beck (Instructional Designer, Faculty Center, SUNY Oneonta), Darren Chase (Dean, Milne Library, SUNY Oneonta), Matthew Hendley (Professor of History, SUNY Oneonta), and Ann Traitor (Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, SUNY Oneonta). 

At the opening reception, Dean Chase and Professors Hendley and Traitor discussed the genesis of the book project which is based on the editors' online blog, The Semester of Living Dangerously: A Pandemic Diary Project for  Housebound Students, Faculty and Staff of SUNY Oneonta.  The editors further noted the ensuing process, challenges, and joy of bringing the book to a successful conclusion.  

Picturing a Pandemic is currently on view at the Open Space Gallery in the Fine Arts Center through the end of July. 


Cover ArtChronicling a Crisis by Ed Beck (Editor); Darren D. Chase (Editor); Matthew Hendley (Editor); Ann A. Traitor (Editor)

ISBN: 9781438495316
Publication Date: 2023-11-01


Chronicling a Crisis is a powerful primary source collection compiled during the peak of the COVID pandemic between spring 2020 and spring 2021. This upstate New York college was the only school in the state that had to send home all its students twice due to COVID, which attracted international media attention. This book was inspired by the UK's Mass Observation Project from the 1930s, which drew on the war-time diaries of ordinary British citizens to track the impact of World War II on their lives. With over two hundred blog entries from students, faculty, and staff--including diary reflections, poems, pictures, and thought pieces--this volume lays bare the grief, frustration, fear, resilience, and upheavals of this tumultuous period. This book will be of interest for students of New York history, American history and the digital humanities as well as general readers interested in understanding the impact of the COVID pandemic on universities and their students. This book is freely available in an open access edition. It can be found in the SUNY Open Access Repository at

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