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Coronavirus Update for Spertus Institute Friends and Patrons

Coronavirus Update for Spertus Institute Friends and Patrons


April 3, 2020

Dear Spertus Community:

We hope this note finds you healthy and well!

In complience with City of Chicago and State of Illinois guidelines relating to the current crisis, Spertus Institute staff and faculty are working remotely. 

Although we have been forced to cancel some onsite offerings, we are continuing to offer many important opportunities to learn.

For you and our community of learners, we have developed and launched a special four-part online series, Rallying in Challenging Times. The series is free and open to the public. I invite you to participate. LEARN MORE >

We have also moved online a number of offerings that were scheduled to take place on campus. One example is the next session in our ViewPoints series, which takes place April 21.

For Spertus graduate students, we recently presented an extremely successful four-day online seminar, we have moved a number of other courses online, and have planned online Roundtables for students and alumni to connect, reflect, and share insight, experiences, resources, and expertise. I’d also like to remind you that many Spertus resources are available through our website. These include the considerable online resources of the Asher Library, available to students and Spertus members. Among the offerings perfect for this time: ebooks, articles, films, and online highlights of our collections.

Like many other institutions, Spertus faces a variety of challenges in the short- and long-term, but we are actively planning both through the crisis and for the important work we intend to do after the crisis subsides. We are grateful to Spertus students, alumni, members, donors, and the community at large for the support you have shown, and we know will continue to show.

For now, please accept our best wishes for good health and for a Happy Passover (in whatever format you may be celebrating it).

Best regards, 

Keren Fraiman signature
Keren E. Fraiman, PhD
Dean and Chief Academic Officer
kfraiman@spertus.edu

Dean Bell signature
Dr. Dean P. Bell, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer
dbell@spertus.edu


March 15, 2020 

Dear Spertus Community:

We have joined our colleagues, friends, and neighbors across Chicago in an integrated, city-wide effort to slow the escalating impact of COVID-19. All our onsite offerings will be closed during this period. 

This temporary closure includes onsite classes and programs, the upcoming exhibition in our Ground Level Arts Lab, and SIX10 To Go (the coffee kiosk right inside Spertus Institute's front doors).

Spertus Institute’s Asher Library is closed to students and the public. The Library staff remains available to assist with access to online resourses via email and telephone. See instructions for library materials currently out on loan >

We believe strongly in building a community of learning, sparked by shared moments and in-person connections. But Spertus Institute also has a rich history of distance education and online teaching, and will be making a variety of online offerings and resources available to you, just as we do for our students, inspiring learning and building community from afar. (Already scheduled: an online workshop about learning to listen, on March 26. We hope you can join us.)

As you well know, the situation is dynamic—and will likely have significant impact for some time to come. Updates will be available on our website, by email, and on social media as the situation evolves. If you do not already receive our enews updates, please sign up. We promise not to bombard you, but we do want you to know what’s coming up online. And we look forward to letting you know when we can get together again.

More than anything, this crisis highlights that we are one interconnected community, an idea already much on our minds, as we had made community our programmatic theme for this year. It is in that spirit, the spirit of community, that we will get through this together.

I am certain that many of you are facing similarly challenging decisions. Know that we are here to support you if we can be helpful.

We wish you best of luck as you navigate this global pandemic, and we look forward to learning together.

With best wishes,

Keren Fraiman signature
Keren E. Fraiman, PhD
Dean and Chief Academic Officer
kfraiman@spertus.edu

Dean Bell signature
Dr. Dean P. Bell, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer
dbell@spertus.edu

Updates for Spertus students and faculty

Sunday, March 15, 2020