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How We Meet a Pandemic

Welcome to This Class

This is the second time we’ve held this class this semester. We had a very good response to the first round, and since the lectures are already filmed, we felt it might be helpful to create a second opportunity to reflect together on the meaning of this moment. If you haven’t registered for the class yet, you can register here. Over the next four weeks, I may post additional material here, and I’ll send occasional email updates as well.

Here is some introductory information about the course. If you’re looking at different translations of The Plague, I’m reading the Vintage International edition currently available on Kindle through Amazon, translated by Stuart Gilbert.

To start, you might read this excellent introductory article on Camus and The Plague at LitHub.


Lecture 1 (For discussion May 8, 2020)

Below is the first lecture. If you’re interested in participating in live discussions, which will be held on Fridays from 1:15 – 2:45 pm, register here. If you want to watch this in fullscreen mode and are having trouble maximizing it, click here to watch it on YouTube. And below the embedded video I’ll post corrections and other resources as they come in from the community.


Thanks to my friend Eric Volness, some information on Saint-Just.

Lecture 2 (For discussion May 15, 2020)

Welcome to week 2 of the class. I’ve posted the lecture in five parts (so you don’t have to commit to one big hourlong block all at once). The videos appear below. Again this week, we will be meeting for Zoom-based discussion on Friday, at 1:15 pm Central time.


Lecture 3 (For discussion May 22, 2020)

Welcome to week 3 of the class. This week’s lecture has been divided into four parts, and they appear below. The reading for this week is through chapter 22, which ends on page 233 in the Vintage International edition. We will be meeting for Zoom-based discussion on Friday at 1:15 pm Central time.


Lecture 4 (For discussion June 5, 2020)

This is the final week of the class, which has been a deeply meaningful experience for me. Thank you all for your thoughtful participation in discussions and your kind emails. We are finishing the text this week, and this week’s lecture, divided into four parts, appears below. We will meet one more time for Zoom-based discussion on Friday, at 1:15 pm Central time.