Interview with Brandon Fierro

Interviewer

William Calandro

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Abstract

This interview was conducted by William “Bill” Calandro with Brandon Fierro as part of Project 2020: A Collaborative Oral History. Fierro discusses his experiences as a serviceman, student, and CNA (certified nursing assistant) during the COVID-19 pandemic. He details the evolution of social and professional life amid the pandemic and sheds light on other critical topics such as the vaccine and mask debate, social isolation, and Blacks Lives Matter. Fierro also discusses the U.S. Army responses to the rise in social unrest in 2020. He concludes with his take on the gradual return to normalcy.

Brandon Fierro (b. 1998), a native of New Jersey, served in the U.S. Army for four years. He currently is an Exercise Science major at Winthrop University, but previously studied at Washington State University.

Spearheaded by Dr. O. Jennifer Dixon-McKnight, an Assistant Professor of History & African American Studies at Winthrop University, Project 2020 is best summarized in her words: “The goal was to conduct interviews that explored the various ways in which Americans were experiencing and being impacted by the various watershed moments that emerged during 2020 (the global pandemic, social unrest, financial challenges, issues with healthcare, etc.)."

Publication Date

10-25-2022

Unique Identifier

OH 732

Format

MP3

Length

00:32:16

Restrictions

This interview is open for use.

Keywords

COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020, Healthcare, Vaccination, Education, Winthrop University, Black Lives Matter

Interview with Brandon Fierro

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