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The History Department and COVID-19

Dear History Department community,

As with all of you, we have been watching with concern the developments around the novel corona virus, COVID-19. Members of the History Department Faculty participated in a forum on campus in mid-February on separating fact from fiction in the potential impacts of the spread of the disease. Professor Shellen Wu wrote in The Tennessean more than a week ago on the need for scientific approaches to combat the corona virus beyond national borders. And now the University finds itself making difficult decisions facing the arrival of the pandemic to the state. We care deeply about the health and safety of our extended community and are doing our part helping to address the crisis.

As a Department, we want to extend our very best wishes to you all as we hunker down over the next number of weeks and move into virtual classes upon our return. Students, staff, and faculty alike should approach these circumstances with the soberness our historical perspective offers. Please rest assured that behind the scenes, your professors are working hard to provide continuity and stability in your coursework. We will use this space to highlight the amazing accomplishments of our graduating seniors if face-to-face meetings remain cancelled into May

In the meantime, we hope that everyone will stay safe and healthy amidst this worldwide public health emergency.

Signed, History Department Faculty and Staff