UW Friday Harbor Labs Tide Bite #96
Kairos & the Ghost of FHL: Writing in the Moment, by Holly Shelton
Dr. Holly Shelton holds a PhD from the University of Washington in language and rhetoric along with MA degrees in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She has taught in Chile, Turkey, Canada, Kazakhstan, and the US; received several awards for teaching over her career; and most recently been awarded a publication prize for her book chapter “Framing Crisis in Seattle During COVID-19 and BLM: Faith in Generative Dialogue,” which she wrote while stationed at FHL.
In Spring 2020, I was debating the wisdom of returning to UW Friday Harbor Labs to teach the Science Writing class. It was early in the pandemic, my in-person classes at the Seattle campus had all been shifted online the last week of Winter quarter, and the CDC had identified my parents as part of a vulnerable category. I discussed the situation with Megan Dethier, and she described the Labs as a ghost town. After some soul searching I let her know I’d decided to help haunt the place after all, as originally planned.