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College of Humanities & Fine Arts

Physically Distant/Socially Connected

    Letter from the Dean

    Greetings! We hope this message finds you well. We are writing to announce the College of Humanities and Fine Arts’ new #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected project and asking you to collaborate with us.  

    As we stay at home to help “flatten the curve” and slow the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, one of the major dilemmas we find ourselves facing is how do we remain socially connected while being physically distant. Normally, we would turn to theatres, concert halls, libraries, galleries, and museums to provide us with comfort and an avenue of escape. In the absence of physical access to cultural institutions, we have witnessed the emergence of virtual pop-up concerts, performances, museum tours, exhibits, readings, and master classes in their place.  

    These virtual activities reiterate not just the value of the arts and humanities but also the critical role they play in our lives. During these times, we are reminded of the ways in which the arts and humanities enable us to transcend time, space, differences, cultures, and borders; they help us stay connected and feel ourselves a part of a larger community. More importantly, these virtual activities are often free or low-cost, thereby ensuring access for most.  

    How are you remaining socially connected while practicing physical distancing? Share with us what you are reading, watching, viewing, listening to, writing, studying, contemplating, creating, or making. Send your submissions to in new window) and stay tuned for future emails. To view all posted submissions, visit in new window).  

    Your submissions may be shared on various College of Humanities and Fine Arts' Facebook(opens in new window)Instagram(opens in new window), and Twitter(opens in new window) accounts as well as the #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected webpage(opens in new window).

    It is our hope that the #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected project is both informative and educational, perhaps even entertaining at times, but ultimately collaborative.    

    Stay safe and we will see you on the internet!

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    Tracy R. Butts, Ph.D.
    Interim Dean
    College of Humanities and Fine Arts
    California State University, Chico 

    #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected May 27

    1. Professor Asa Mittman (ART) talks about his cancelled summer plans and shows us around his studio workspace as the fourth installment of the Department of Art & Art History's working-from-home video series:,

     Asa Mittman

    #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected May 26

    1. Alex Bistrevsky shows us his dance moves and hat trick in this #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected post: in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    Alex Bistrevsky

    2. The Monterey Bay Aquarium provides some guided activities for parents, caregivers and educators to support children’s learning at home: in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    Child doing Monterey Bay Aquarium activity

    3. The North State Symphony has a page listing their upcoming talks and other events, including the talk “Just Ask!” Virtual Edition with Maestro Scott Seaton and guests Dina Gilbert and Dane LamM, which takes place Thursday, May 28 from 9:45 a.m.–10:45 a.m.: in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    Just Ask! poster

    4. Dolores Mitchell shares the art of the local visual arts community in her monthly newsletter, Art Talk: in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    painting by Dolores Mitchell

    5. Professional comedian Jo Firestone hosts an online comedy class for seniors in NYC every Monday morning: in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

     seniors on zoom call

    #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected May 21

    Mandy Templeton participates in Socially Distance Fest round 2 on Facebook Live. She covers Led Zeppelin's "Going to California" on dulcimer and Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, it's Alright" on ukelele.
    Maddy Templeton

    2. Mythbusters "Contamination" experiment proves why social distancing is so important:


    3. The Turner's Print of the Day: Margo Humphrey, "Lady Luck says come take a chance," 1985, lithograph.

    Lady Luck says come take a chance

    4. YWAM Ships shares a video of their friends in PNG and Australia performing "The Blessing" while #physicallydistantsociallyconnected:

    People singing over zoom

    5. People are #physicallydistantsociallyconnected around the world, including the Dubai Future Foundation:

    Dubai Future Foundation

    6. Professor Rebecca Shelly (ART) shows us around her studio workspace as the third installment of the Department of Art & Art History's working-from-home video series.

    #PhysicallyDistantsSociallyConnected May 19

    1. Professor Char Prieto (ILLC) and retired Professor Lynn Elliott (ENGL) speak about their Christmas children's books, "Nieve the Snowman" by Prieto and "Another Child's Christmas" by Elliott, on North State Public Radio's segment, Nancy's Bookshelf:

    Professor Char Prieto
    Professor Char Prieto
    Professor Elliot Lynn
    Professor Lynn Elliott

    #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected May 18

    1. The Lincoln Center will announces BROADWAY FRIDAYS, to begin Friday, June 5 at 5 p.m. PST. Free online streams of some of the most beloved Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts of Broadway productions from the Lincoln Center Theater and the New York Philharmonic will be streamed on Lincoln Center's online arts portal #LincolnCenterAtHome and on Lincoln Center's Youtube and Facebook page: in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

     actors from Lincoln Center Theater

    2. Social distancing amidst the coronavirus pandemic has kept friends and family apart, but technology like group video chatting has made the experience less isolating. If you can’t share a meal in person with your loved ones, opt for a virtual dinner party instead. This video describes what you need to pull one off: in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    3. There will be two viewings on Facebook Live of the concert version of Octavia E. Butler's "Parable Of The Sower" opera, created by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon and filmed in 2015 by NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center. The two dates are Monday, May 18 at 8 p.m.: and Friday, May 22 at 6 p.m.:

    Octavia Butler in Parable of the Sower

    #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected May 14

    1. The coronavirus pandemic swiftly put an end to concerts for the foreseeable future, with every level of touring halted until COVID-19 is under control. Experts are predicting large-scale gatherings won’t be safe until “fall 2021 at the earliest” — but apparently Denmark can’t wait that long. Last week, the city of Aarhus held a drive-in concert where audience members could watch live music from the comfort of their cars. Thanks Jeff Daub for sending us this post.

    Drive-in concert

    2. Professor Daniel Veidlinger (CORH) was interviewed on Nancy’s Bookshelf, a segment on North State Public Radio, about his book From Indra’s Net to Internet: Communication, Technology, and the Evolution of Buddhist Ideas. Here is a link to the program: in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    Daniel Veidlinger

    3. Professor Greg Cootsona (CORH) was interviewed on Nancy's Bookshelf, a segment on North State Public Radio, about his book Negotiating Science and Religion In America: Past, Present, and Future. Here is a link to the program:

    Gregory Cootsona

    4. The CSU, Chico songwriting class created videos of their compositions to share with the public. Here is the link to the Chico State Today story:

    performing song from home

    5. Professor Josh Funk (ART) shows us around his studio workspace as the second installment of the Department of Art & Art History's working-from-home video series.

    #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected May 13

    1. The 1985 Prince and the Revolution: Live concert will stream on YouTube for three days, beginning Thursday, May 14 at 5 p.m PT:


    2. CSU, Chico's College of Humanities and Fine Arts honors its 2020 outstanding students and special award winners: in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

    Tracy Butts
    Photo of HFA interim dean Tracy Butts by Jason Halley, CSU, Chico photography services.

    #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected May 11

    1. Professor Megan Glynn Zollinger (MUTA) shares a few pieces from her Beginning Jazz class. One of the first assignments as classes were shifted online was an improvisation piece where students, using music of their choice, embraced the space they were in and allowed it to inform the movement they created. These are a few examples of their work.

    #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected May 7

    1. Robert Morton (Title IX/DHR investigator) shares with us the kicking off of the #DaughtersOf campaign. On Friday, May 8 at 4 p.m. PT, Angela Davis and Nikki Giovanni share secrets on survival and self-care for Black women on GirlTrek's Facebook Live:


    #PhysicallyDistant SociallyConnected May 6

    1. The History Department is happy to announce that they will be holding a Virtual History Department Graduation Celebration for all of their graduating seniors. It will take place on Thursday, May 14th at 4 p.m.

    "The current circumstances do not in any way diminish the accomplishments of our seniors in any way! Even if our celebration is virtual, their achievements are real and the department wants to celebrate and recognize them! If any graduating senior is interested in participating, please email a picture of yourself and confirmation that you will be attending. Thank you and we hope to "see" you there!"

    trinity tower

    2. Professor Matthew Teague Miller, head of our theatre program, shares a video of himself singing "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon" by Jeff Moss (accompanied by Mr. Andy & The Shakers) with us.

    #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected May 5

    1. Professor Melanie Treuhaft (ART) shares her working-from-home studio workspace. Videoed by Professor Josh Funk (ART), this is the first segment of the Department of Art & Art History's working-from-home video series.

    #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected May 4

    1. Bella McMurry (ART major) does a parody of Kevin Bacon 's warehouse dance scene in the movie "Footloose." Videoed bv her mother Jeanette McMurry (EOP staff).

    2. The CSU, Chico Department of Art and Art History has shared with us an article about The British Museum putting 1.9 million works of art online so people can virtually visit the museum during the shelter-in-place:

    The British Museum

    3. People are being #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected(opens in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window) around the country. Here is an example of Detroiters grooving responsibly, social distancing and having fun: in new window)(opens in new window)(opens in new window)

     Detroiters dancing 6 ft apart

    #PhysicallyDistantSociallyConnected May 1

    1. Professor Troy Jollimore (PHIL) recites Seamus Heaney's poem "The Haw Lantern," which is a poem about being tested.

    2. Laird Easton, CSU, Chico Department of History faculty member, was recently interviewed on North State Public Radio KCHO. Easton talks about the similarities and difference between the Coronavirus epidemic and past epidemics. His interview starts at the 8:00 minute mark. Easton makes some interesting comments, including how economies from previous epidemics recovered fairly quickly.

    Laird Easton, history professor