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Many have balked at the notion that we will be “back to normal” this fall. We have witnessed and experienced myriad traumas and upheavals over the past 16 months. Moreover, the uneven impacts of COVID, compounded by economic and racial inequalities, have underscored that whatever “normal” had been pre-pandemic, it wasn’t equitable.
This means that we will all be coming back to campus with a range of different memories, experiences, and losses that will generate a variety of feelings and shape our returns and relationships to place. Social somatics, practices that recognize that humans experience space, time, and interactions with the world as embodied beings, provides interesting ways of thinking through questions of place, labor, othering and belonging. This talk led by Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Associate Dean Catherine Squires brings together concepts from social somatics and anti-racist research on work, health and wellbeing to explore how we might re-enter campus with more awareness and get curious about the range of ways we can create a more supportive community in uncertain times.
Noon to 1 p.m. Central
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