Interview with Rustica L. Hohn


William Calandro



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This interview was conducted by William Calandro with Rustica L. Hohn as part of Project 2020: A Collaborative Oral History. Hohn details her experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and the critical year 2020. She discusses in depth the fragile state of the hospitality industry amid the pandemic, often noting the challenges she faced as a restaurant worker. Hohn later discusses working for the non-profit organization DREAM in 2020, notably her time filming advertisements for small businesses in Summerville, S.C. Hohn also shares her interests in social media (TikTok, podcasts, etc.) as well as the hobbies she picked up during the pandemic. Other notable topics of conversation include education, social injustice, political division, and the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election.

Rustica Lynn Hohn (b. 1994) is a native of Summerville, SC who is earning her M.A. in Teaching degree with a concentration in Social Studies at Winthrop University. She previously studied Mass Communications as an undergraduate student.

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.)."

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COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020, Vaccination, Education, Winthrop University, Social Unrest, 2020 U.S. Election, Hospitality Industry

Interview with Rustica L. Hohn