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How We Meet a Pandemic

Welcome to This Class

Thank you for joining us for this conversation. Over the next four weeks, I’ll be posting lectures and other material here, and I’ll send occasional email updates as well. If you haven’t registered for the class yet, you can register here.

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

March 30, 2020

Welcome to week 2 of the class. I’ve just finished posting the lecture for the week, which appears 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 discussions on Thursday, at 12:30 pm and 6:30 pm Central time.


March 25, 2020

I just sent an email to participants with instructions on how to join the Zoom discussions each Thursday, and what to expect. You can download a copy by clicking here. Really looking forward to the conversation with all of you!

March 24, 2020

Last night, I sent an introductory email out to everyone who had registered to date. You can find that note here (I will send to new registrants on a daily basis).

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.

March 23, 2020

Here’s the first lecture. If you’re interested in participating in live discussions, which will be held on Thursdays from 12:30 – 1:30 pm and again from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, register here. You can pick which one to join (I expect the 12:30 session will be less attended and will have more room for us to converse). And 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.