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In early April, we embarked on a new journey. As real world travel went on indefinite pause, we launched an online offering called Context Conversations - a 90-minute interactive seminar with a Context scholar. Our goal was to give our scholars the ability to work at a time when providing ‘IRL’ (in real life) experiences was not possible, and to provide our intellectually curious customers with a way to engage with history and culture while at home.
As with our traditional business, we aimed to offer in-depth discussions that only an expert could provide, and offer topics that are somewhat off-the-beaten path - going deep on the life and work of Caravaggio and Vermeer, Russian architecture, or the Maya Cosmovision.
Two months later, we’ve seen a tremendous response from our loyal customers and expert community:
The response has been humbling. It’s also caused us to think about the future of Context Travel differently than we have in the past. Even in normal times, travel is a privilege that’s only possible for small portions of our overall time. We see Conversations as a mainstay of our future offering - an integrated approach to travel and education before a trip, during a trip and after a trip. Or even without the trip.
“I’ve wanted to visit the Uffizi for years and now I probably will not be able. However the wonderful analysis of the various Renaissance paintings was more in depth than my personal visit would have been. I learned so much about these paintings and their artists.”
“I now have a new lease on how to enjoy travelling during the Pandemic epoch!!...I can now have something to look forward to each and everyday”
“I think I learned more about the historical context of the city in the last two hours than I did when I was physically in Venice. That really surprised me.”
“I have been in the Sistine Chapel 5 times but never learned as much as I did today.”
We have lots planned heading into the summer - partnerships with cultural institutions and cultural clubs, seasonal programming, and even multi-part courses. We’re only beginning to imagine the future possibilities.