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  • Writer's pictureSharon Laing

The UW turned 2020 into a course. You’re invited to check it out

Updated: May 8, 2023

No one is immune to the vicissitudes of 2020. Not even top academic leaders.

Through hours of Zoom meetings, University of Washington vice provost Ed Taylor found himself nervously folding paper off screen. As he helped the university make high-stakes decisions about its pandemic future, his fingers kept busy shaping origami cranes.

“I line them up at my desk, I push them around during meetings,” he said. “They kept me company in the office, in an empty building.” He called them his signs of hope.

Taylor’s collection of about 300 cranes tells the story of how he coped with this year, and they will constitute his entry to a virtual time capsule...

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