Pandemic Perspectives is an archive meant to preserve the everyday experiences of people living through the COVID-19 pandemic. This online collection of oral histories aims to uplift voices of people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and broaden the public conversation around COVID-19.
Keeping true to the university-community partnership at the heart of the Writing for Change program, students from Northwestern High School have also contributed poetry that they worked on after both universities and public schools went online due to the public health emergency. The poems, though varied in content, all deal with a central theme: power. The experiences and poems preserved in this archive serve as a real-time opportunity to broaden and amplify perspectives, and also as a time capsule that will carry many truths of this historical moment with it into the future.
All oral histories and poetry were recorded and created between April 13 through May 25, 2020.