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Stories of the Pandemic Youth

The documentary will be released in April. Stay tuned!

Stories of the Pandemic Youth (SPY) is a form of Oral History, a primary source “preserving and interpreting the voices and memories of people and communities in past events,” according to the Oral History Association. It has acted historically to record present life for future generations in the fields of arts, anthropology, and history.


For example, in 2001, an oral history project was conducted on John Florio who graduated from the University of Illinois in 1934. The goal was to document school life during the Great Depression. Despite the time frame between the recording and the Great Depression, Florio—because he lived through the event—could be a reliable representative and conserver of the era 70 years later. His audio is particularly special as it preserves parts of the Great Depression less commonly talked about: student life, coming-of-age stories, and more.


Similarly, SPY is a mix of a casual conversation (with planned responses) whose audio is overlaid with relevant media such as photos, videos, and music. By taking part in the context of COVID-19, Canadian participants of R2AC SPY will contribute to the accurate documentation of the second wave of the pandemic and a reliable recollection of the first wave.