Williams College English Department

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Hey, this is Bernie. I recently read this blog post on Zoom Apnea (which I'd never heard of btw) and discovered that I suffered from it! Basically it refers to the way many people (like up to 80%) unconsciously hold their breath when they are doing stuff on screens, like Zooming, emailing, texting, and umm, even using Instagram! Right now: is your breath moving freely or can you sense a holding or constriction of your own breath? I was shocked to discover that I did this when I was emailing and zooming and learning about this tendency has been transformative. I now consciously bring my awareness to my breath when I use screens and it's helped bring my stress levels down. Give this a read if you think you might be an email/screen/Zoom apneac too! This fall semester we're going to be spending a ton of time on screens. Breathing more fully while being on screens could help the wellbeing of our minds and our bodies. Link: www.tinyurl.com/ZoomApnea ...

Link to my college webpage (which includes contact info) can be found here: @bernierhie ...

Thrilled to announce that Prof. Ricardo Wilson, who is the newest member of the English Department, has just published his first book! *The Nigrescent Beyond: Mexico, the United States, and the Psychic Vanishing of Blackness* is now out from Northwestern University Press. Hooray! Cornell University's Society for the Humanities, where Prof. Wilson was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Africana Studies from 2016-2018, has published a nice blog post about the book. Check it out at www.tinyurl.com/WilliamsLitWilson. Also check out the courses Prof. Wilson is teaching this year: "The Remix: Adaptation and Revelation", "The 19th Century and Its Shadow", and "Race and the Zombie Apocalypse." Huge congrats, Ricardo! ...