A care package sounds timeless, evoking small treasures from home, received at summer camp or in the early days of college. But the care package has a specific and historic origin. In 1945, the Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe (CARE) started a program that allowed Americans to send packages of food to family in Europe at a time when many people were suffering from extreme hunger. The packages of honey, corned beef, coffee, and other staples were guaranteed to arrive within four months, even if a donor didn’t have an address for the beneficiary.

This care package is being sent to you in a different time of heightened need, when our hunger is for each other’s company. The uncertainty of these past months has made us all the more appreciative of the gifts we each possess and the way we’re fed by each other’s brilliance. Here is a sampling of the gifts of your fellow graduate students in the arts and humanities.

May you find it nourishing.

This care package was created by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and its Humanities for the Public Good program.