Virtual Class Visits: the next frontier

April 7, 2020 by

We love having classes visit Interference Archive. It provides us with an easy way to meet our mission of engaging the public with the cultural production of social movements, and we are so grateful for every opportunity to introduce students to a different kind of archive: one where use is a form of preservation; one where multiple forms of knowledge, skill, and experience are valued and shared within non-hierarchical structures; one where everyone is welcomed as an archivist.

It was really hard for us to cancel upcoming class visits when we closed our doors mid-March. We miss you all! We’ve watched as education institutions transition to online instruction, and we’re eager as a community archive to support that continued learning. Please let us know if we can provide a virtual class visit for you and your students.

For synchronous instruction, we’ll coordinate one or two volunteers to join your regularly scheduled class session. We can offer a virtual tour of our current exhibition on the Visual History of the Climate Justice movement and talk about Interference Archive and our own personal experiences as volunteers. We can also show images and video clips of the archive and its holdings, and lead a discussion related to topics intersecting with your curriculum. 

For asynchronous instruction, we’re able to share a recorded presentation about our work and a virtual tour of our current exhibition on the Visual History of the Climate Justice movement. We can also share reading material about Interference Archive, and we’re happy to provide questions for students to respond to in some kind of written or creative format.

Would you like a virtual class visit with Interference Archive? Please reach out to us at and let us know:

  • Does your class meet synchronously or asynchronously?
  • If you meet synchronously, what dates would you like a visit, and what online instruction platform are you using?
  • What is your class studying, and what would you like your students to get out of a virtual class with Interference Archive?
  • We usually rely on financial donations to Interference Archive for class visits as a sizable portion of our income. Would your institution be able to make a donation to the Archive? We can provide invoices and receipts as needed.