Humanities in the Time of COVID-19: What Literature, Ethics, and the Arts Can Teach Us in a Quarantine Environment


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This virtual panel of Georgetown humanities scholars discussed the role of the humanities in this most distinctive of times. The panelists took French novelist Albert Camus’s 1947 novel The Plague as the point of departure to address how literature, philosophy, history, and the arts can help us understand ourselves in relation to the world, foster empathy and a sense of connection in times of crisis, and help people make everyday ethical decisions.

This conversation was moderated by Dean Christopher Celenza and was joined by Karen Stohr, Cóilín Parsons, Andrew Sobanet, and Nicoletta Pireddu (Inaugural Director of the Georgetown Humanities Initiative).

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