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Sold Out: In these Times: A Humanities Program for Today

Viruses and Society, Professor Mical Raz
Reading - Adam Swerver, "The Coronavirus was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying," Atlantic (2020); Amy Kapczynski and Gregg Gonslaves, "Alone Against the Virus," Atlantic (2020)

What authority should citizens obey? Does human nature allow for the possibility of genuine social change? How have Americans in the past thought about race, gender, ethnicity, and the meanings of freedom? What can we learn from history about individualism and community in the face of pandemics? What humanistic visions of society are instructive as we contemplate the future?

These questions and others—matters central to classic works in the humanities—form the basis for a University of Rochester Humanities Center reading and discussion program that will run on Zoom for nine sessions in July. Six University of Rochester faculty members will offer their perspectives on brief readings and lead informal, wide-ranging conversations about the issues they raise. Films related to the readings will be made available for viewing at a separate time and include Lord of the Flies (1963), Frankenstein (National Theatre of Britain), What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?, We Shall Remain, and I Am Not Your Negro.

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Evenings
7 - 8:30 p.m. (ET)

Nine sessions - select as many as interest you.
Participants are not required to attend all sessions.
Session selections with topics, readings, and discussion leaders are listed below.

All sessions will take place through a Zoom meeting platform. Information on how to join the session remotely will be included in your registration confirmation email. Pre-reading materials and film viewing access information will also be sent prior to the start of each session.

Humanities Center - for questions about session content
Registration and Wait List - for questions about registration or to be added to a wait list

Thursday, July 30 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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