Bearing Witness to COVID at UC Santa Cruz
Photo: Irene Reti
Dan White, UC Santa Cruz Newscenter
Someday, future historians will read the detailed stories of 22 University of California, Santa Cruz community members who lived through the COVID-19 pandemic. They will learn about sudden changes to best-laid plans, each of them containing the words “and then COVID happened.”
The firsthand accounts of resilience and loss are preserved in "The Empty Year: An Oral History of the Pandemic(s) of 2020 at UC Santa Cruz." The interviews, gathered in late 2020 by UCSC students, document a global pandemic, the threat of the devastating CZU Lightning Complex fires, economic justice in America, and more.