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When the world went into lockdown mid-March last year, members of the Acadia University Singers couldn’t do what they normally would do to process difficult emotions: sing together.

Like many musical groups, they turned to rehearsing and performing online, says Michelle Boyd, an instructor of musicology at Acadia, at the start of the documentary Isolated Bodies, United Voices: Virtual Choir in the Ages of COVID-19. For choir singers, this is a challenge – you never hear your voice blending with your peers while singing and can only hear the full choir retroactively. It can be time consuming, labour intensive and lonely, she adds.

Read more from the article in University Affairs and watch the documentary.

Dr. Claudine Bonner of Acadia's Department of Sociology is one of several local educators to share their thoughts about how teaching Black history is crucial to ending systemic racism.

“The reality is, historically, we haven’t taught the history in our schools. Most people don’t know enough about Black communities, the history of the Black presence in Canada, what the experience of Black Canadians have been and continue to be.”

Read more in this story from Saltwire.

The Halifax Chamber of Commerce has profiled Acadia in a new piece, "Acadia: not just a university". Visit the Chamber's profile to learn more about Acadia's connections with the town and its community-building programming.

A retail worker wearing a face shield and mask during the COVID-19 pandemic. Image courtesy of Dapiki Moto on Unsplash.

Writing for The Conversation, Acadia professors Elisabeth Rondinelli, Rachel K. Brickner, and Rebecca Casey describe "a disconnect between the way media covered work issues during the pandemic and the stories workers felt were important for the public to understand". Their team's research surveyed retail workers, long-term care employees, and teachers during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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