Stories connect individual lives to social, institutional, and cultural contexts and help communities create shared meaning. Emory Telling and Hearing our Stories (ETHOS) and Emory’s Oral History Program are responding to COVID-19 by announcing the Stories from the Pandemic ProjectOur society and the context that shape our individual lives are dramatically changing during the pandemic. Telling stories about these transformations is vital to feel connected and hearing them helps to better understand diverse experiences and perspectives. We encourage the telling of stories that most matter to narrators as we live through a pandemic. Stories from the Pandemic leverages the power of stories to create a shared personal and intellectual experience that will help the Emory community understand and cope with events during this time of crisis. 

The Stories from the Pandemic Project stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and all who are fighting for racial and social justice. 


ETHOS is a university-wide coalition working to build community through stories organized by:

  • Jonathan Coulis, Coordinator of the Emory Oral History Program
  • Robyn Fivush, Director of the Institute for the Liberal Arts
  • Vialla Hartfield-Méndez, Director of Engaged Learning, Center for Faculty Development and Excellence
  • Kim Loudermilk, Director of the IDEAS (Interdisciplinary Exploration and Scholarship) Fellowship, ILA
  • Pamela Scully, Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Affairs
Emory Oral History Program

Emory Oral History Program

How has the coronavirus pandemic impacted you? Participate in an interview with the Emory Oral History Program.

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Hear a Story, Leave a Story

Hear a Story, Leave a Story

Tell a story about your experience during the pandemic and/or listen to others. Click below for details.

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How to Lead Story Circles Online

How to Lead Story Circles Online

Story circles allow a group of people to share stories in response to a particular topic in a way that encourages full and authentic telling and listening to personal narratives. Watch a story circle in action and learn how to facilitate one.

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I loved the stories and found the whole experience helpful as I go through the pandemic myself. It seemed obvious to everyone at the end that even though the stories were sad or wrought with underlying fear, there was a feeling of community and comfort in knowing that although we may be alone at home, we are not alone.

 

— Sherri L., Sister of Emory Faculty Member

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