Pandemic Scholars Circle: Deepening Community during Isolation
A Few Months Into The COVID-19 Pandemic, Marilyn Fischer and Judy Whipps were commiserating about an isolated future that seemed to stretch out with no end in sight. They came up with the idea of starting their own Scholars Circle, inspired by the November 2019 Feminist Pragmatist Colloquium in Rochester, New York. At that conference, participants could submit abstracts of work at any stage of development. Participants were grouped in small circles of three or four, with each person sharing their work and giving feedback and suggestions to the others. Participants at that conference were uniformly enthusiastic about how this format enriched their thinking and gave them a sense of support and camaraderie. As one of the participants said: “It was by far the most creative and generative conference I have ever participated in.”
Kiefer Fenton, Jennifer; Fischer, Marilyn; Lake, Danielle; Lowe, Barbara; Varner, Tess; and Whipps, Judy (2022). "Pandemic Scholars Circle: Deepening Community during Isolation." The Pluralist 17.2, 47-53.
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