The pandemic and resulting travel restrictions disrupted many of our colleagues’ research plans, while quarantine, outrage over racism, and the ever-changing contingencies of work and family life meant that many of us found our intellectual attention for scholarship overwhelmed. Still, our faculty have copious knowledge and a lot to say about the history, art, literature, and lived experience of quarantine, emergency, and diseases, as a result of our scholarly training in the humanities. Seeking to document and publish this base of knowledge, the Humanities Institute put out a grant for short essays which would direct disciplinary knowledge and scholarly training to some aspect of the current emergency. We are thrilled and grateful for what our colleagues produced, and this collection is the result.