Interview with Eric Udy


William Calandro



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This interview was conducted by William “Bill” Calandro with Eric Udy as part of Project 2020: A Collaborative Oral History. Udy shares his experiences amid the COVID-19 pandemic and critical year 2020. He notes the challenges he faced as a young American making a move halfway across the country during a public health crisis. As a college student, he notes the evolution of the classroom experience in terms of COVID-19 protocols, remote learning, and the lack of social interaction. He also describes the turn to a virtual worship experience and its impact on the Church. Other notable topics of conversation include the COVID-19 vaccination debate, inflation, social unrest, police brutality, political polarization, and the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election.

Eric Udy (b. 1995) was born in St. Louis, Missouri but grew up in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. In 2020, he relocated to York County, S.C. and began studying Middle Level Education with an emphasis in Social Studies at Winthrop University; he has since graduated (May 2023). He previously studied at Waubonsee Community College.

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, Virtual Learning, Winthrop University, Social Unrest, 2020 U.S. Election, Religion

Interview with Eric Udy