The Plague: A Book/Movie Discussion with Odile Cazenave

6:00 pm on Tuesday, June 16, 2020
7:00 pm on Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Contact Name:
Elizabeth Amrien
The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis of epic proportions, the aftershocks of which we have yet to fully grasp – the day-to-day challenges of co-existing with the virus still occupying so much of our attention. The coronavirus has transformed every aspect of our existence, from the ways we work to the ways we engage with one another, and it has provided us with a new lens through which to view the world. It has shed new light on old ruptures in our social fabric and has required us, at the Center for the Study of Europe, to engage with the timely and timeless issue of health in European culture and society. On June 16, 2020, at 6 PM, we will discuss “La Peste,” the 1992 Argentine-French-British drama, written and directed by Luis Puenzo and starring William Hurt, Sandrine Bonnaire, Robert Duvall and Raul Julia. The film is a thematic adaptation, set in the 1990s, of the novel “La Peste” by Albert Camus. Our discussion will be led by Odile Cazenave, Professor of French and Chair of Romance Studies. How It Works Sign up for the discussion on our website (see link). You will receive instructions on how to access the film using your Kerberos account. Please watch the film and/or (re)read the book any time before June 16. You will also receive a Zoom link and password for the live discussion as well as suggested readings. Then on Tuesday, June 16, at 6 PM, join Prof. Cazenave and Prof. Daniela Caruso, Director of the Center for the Study of Europe, for a live discussion via Zoom. You’re very much invited to ask questions, post additional reading recommendations, etc. Critical readings of the novel, with attention to Camus’ political insights as well as historical blind spots, are particularly welcome.