Global History of Quarantine
@ Sacramento City College

Prof. Holly Piscopo
2021-22 EPIC Fellow at Stanford Global Studies

Holly Piscopo is a history professor at Sacramento City College and a 2021-22 fellow of Stanford University’s EPIC Fellowship Program. Her project is a class called Global History of Quarantine.

Prof. Piscopo has been using Life in Quarantine as a tool to help complement her students’ understanding of how this pandemic and the resulting trauma has been felt both locally and globally.

As a part of this course, she created OER and Creative Commons licensed assignments (available below) where her students had the opportunity to act as both historians and content creators by interviewing community members on their unique pandemic experiences and then connecting these experiences to global perceptions.

In the video above, Prof. Piscopo explains how she framed her course and the collaboration with LiQ.

Below, you can look directly at her assignments and watch examples of student-led interviews. You can also watch a recording of a conversation between Prof. Piscopo and Dr. Brian King, Chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District.

It is exceptionally meaningful work that further underscores how this pandemic and global crisis has and continues to affect us all.

You may reach out to Holly at with specific questions about her course or if you’re interested in collaborating with her or building off her work.

You may view individual student responses to the assignments through this link.

In the accordion below, you may watch the video interviews that the students submitted as part of the assignment.

The written material complements and reflects on the audiovisual material.

Professor Holly Piscopo (Sacramento City College) speaks with Dr. Brian King, Chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District. Since his appointment as chancellor of Los Rios, Dr. King has overseen the establishment of the Los Rios Promise program to knock down financial barriers for students and the start of a districtwide effort to implement Guided Pathways at the four Los Rios colleges. Chancellor King and Prof. Piscopo have worked together on several education initiatives since 2012; they share an interest in globalizing the college experience.

Life in Quarantine: Witnessing Global Pandemic is an initiative sponsored by the Poetic Media Lab and the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis at Stanford University.

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