[Email sent to class Wed 3/11/2020 12.30pm]
As, of course, you know, we are right now reckoning with the spread of the coronavirus, a very serious issue. Other universities have already taken the step to switch to digital teaching: Columbia, Princeton, Yale, Stanford; and in Boston itself, Amherst, MIT, and Harvard. This moment in history is one in which we must think of ourselves not as individuals, but as individuals within communities. There is a strong case to be made for implementing social distancing as the most effective method of containment right now. The many of us who are in good health must act in ways which protect the more vulnerable, the immunocompromised and the elderly.
With that in mind, I will be switching to teaching CL 206 Women in Antiquity in a digital format when the semester resumes after Spring Break. This means that **we will not meet in person** at our regularly scheduled time. The good news is that the resources for our class are already online on this course blog with additional readings accessible on blackboard. So, to some extent, we will be able to keep a sense of continuity. Over the next few days, I will reconfigure the class so that it is fully online. I will send another email by Sunday night (March 14th) to let you know how exactly we will be proceeding, and how you can participate in the class in a digital setting. I am approaching this course redesign with your interests in mind, and will do everything I can to make sure the educational experience a useful and stimulating one.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns going forward. I’m sure you will have many, and it is right that you should. I urge you to be in contact with me as much as possible going forward, and of course, with each other, so that we can maintain our strong sense of community.
One additional practical note. Under normal circumstances, I would return your midterms and papers graded in a timely fashion. I ask for your patience regarding the grading while I reconfigure this course into a digital format. I take seriously the fact that you want feedback on your work, and will do my best to get this to you when I can.
Stay safe out there, and be in touch.