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Trevor Shelley and Luke Perez are professors at Arizona State University's School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership. Follow them both on Twitter here: @lukemperez and @TMShelley. The Pandemic Dialogues is a new virtual series providing perspective on the current civic crisis through conversations among the school’s faculty and students, academic guests, and a wider community. Once the school’s regular speaker events had to be postponed, we sought to sustain the intellectual community we’ve built with students, ASU colleagues, and the wider community. Learn more here: https://scetl.asu.edu/pandemic-dialogues

Pandemic Dialogues Pandemic Dialogues

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Trevor Shelley and Luke Perez are professors at Arizona State University's School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership. Follow them both on Twitter here: @lukemperez and @TMShelley. The Pandemic Dialogues is a new virtual series providing perspective on the current civic crisis through conversations among the school’s faculty and students, academic guests, and a wider community. Once the school’s regular speaker events had to be postponed, we sought to sustain the intellectual community we’ve built with students, ASU colleagues, and the wider community. Learn more here: https://scetl.asu.edu/pandemic-dialogues

    Episode 7: Plague as political catastrophe

    Episode 7: Plague as political catastrophe

    In the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Trevor Shelley and Luke Perez of Arizona State University continue their discussion of Albert Camus's award-winning novel, The Plague. After a short summer break, Trevor and Luke return and discuss the work as a whole. In this episode, Luke brings on a guest, Garnet Kindervater of Fordham. Luke and Garnet discuss reading Camus's novel as an allegory for political disease and political catastrophe.

    • 41 min
    Episode 6: The plague has ended

    Episode 6: The plague has ended

    In the wake of the covid-19 global pandemic, Luke Perez and Trevor Shelley conclude their discussion of Albert Camus' Nobel Prize novel, The Plague. In this episode, they discuss the juxtaposition of jubilee that the plague has ended and reopening of the city, with the heartbreak of a few more lost loved ones. The thesis from last episode, that Rieux is not the hero we should emulate is expanded upon, and Cottard is posited as a mirror of the late-Father Paneloux. Finally, the narrator is revealed.

    • 28 min
    Episode 5: Confronting the problem of evil

    Episode 5: Confronting the problem of evil

    In the wake of the covid-19 crisis, Trevor Shelley and Luke Perez of Arizona State University discuss Albert Camus' Nobel Prize novel, The Plague. In this episode we discuss Part 4 of the novel: the characters confront the problem of evil as they watch the death of someone close to their community. Father Paneloux and Rieux discuss God’s providence in relationship to the problem of Evil. Meanwhile, Tarrou makes a friend and provides a confession, of a sort, about his past. And in the midst of all this, the rats are back.Books Mentioned in this episode • C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain• Saint Augustine, City of God• Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

    • 52 min
    Episode 4: A darkness in men's hearts

    Episode 4: A darkness in men's hearts

    In light of the covid-19 pandemic, Trevor Shelley and Luke Perez of Arizona State University discuss Albert Camus's novel, The Plague. In this episode Luke and Trevor examine the short middle, third part of The Plague, at which point the summer heat and the death toll reaches its climax. They discuss the significance of the style of this terse section, questions on the Oranian decisions of confusing honors in awarding metals, the descent into martial law and a disrespect for law, and the dishonorable treatment of the dead. Finally, they consider the overarching theme of whether freedom—and free will—remain possible under what the narrator refers to as "the despotic rule of the plague," and thus how important conscience may continue to be even for non-religious believers.

    • 34 min
    Episode 3: Oranian Morals and Civic Habits

    Episode 3: Oranian Morals and Civic Habits

    In the wake of the covid-19 global pandemic, Luke Perez and Trevor Shelley of Arizona State University discuss Albert Camus' novel, The Plague. In this episode, they continue their discussion of Part II. Issues of civic education, morality, and habits are discussed. Trevor and Luke identify three models of morality that Camus uses to explore the virtues and vices of the main characters.

    • 43 min
    Episode 2: A Community of Exiles?

    Episode 2: A Community of Exiles?

    In response to the global pandemic of covid-19, Trevor Shelley and Luke Perez of Arizona State University embark on a reading of Albert Camus' novel, "The Plague," which tells the story of a fictional outbreak of bubonic plague in the North African city of Oran. In this episode, they discuss the first half of Part II, wherein old characters are re-introduced, and the residents of the town come to grips with the initial aftermath of plague. Residents respond to the lockdown of the city, and questions arise as to whether or not and what extent Oran is a genuine community, and if not, whether facing a common threat will help shape it into one. A prominent priest delivers a homily, and the narrator considers whether it had the intended effect.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Desdamona Canyon ,

Camus’ “Thé Plague” ASU Pandemic Dislogues

Profs. Shelley and Perez present a dynamic overview of this French classic. Very well done indeed. Look forward to their collaboration in the future. Thank you so much Dr. Paul Carrese and the SCETL team for another great event.

GL2040 ,

Objective, contextual, informative

Shelley and Perez give true insight into current world events and human behavior in this excellent podcast based on Camus’ The Plague. Strongly recommended.

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