Loyola University Chicago

Language Learning Resource Center

Speaker Series

Plague and Power: Representations in Literature and Art

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Loyola University Chicago is sponsoring the 2020-2021 lecture series, which will address issues of health and sickness, both individual and social, engaging with how discourses of plague, hygiene, and containment are inflected with power and race. This program will be a platform for engaging in constructive dialogue with a diverse group of scholars, writers, artists, and students. It will illuminate how literature and the arts have responded to these issues, and how they offer visions of a better world. 

Oct. 28, 2020 

Reading Camus Today

Prof. Alice Kaplan, Sterling Professor of French
  (Yale University)
Laura Marris (University at Buffalo)

4:00-5:15 pm (cst) Zoom 


 Nov. 17, 2020

Parallel Plagues: Learning about Colonial Mexico in the Age of Coronavirus


Claudia Brittenham (University of Chicago)

3:00 – 4:00pm 


Feb. 4, 2021  

Boccaccio’s Human Comedy: Reading the “Decameron” in Our Age of Pandemic

Joseph Luzzi (Bard College)


 3:00 - 4:00pm

Fe. 25, 2021 

Songs of the Past: Remembering Racist Violence - A Conversation with Gabriella Ghermandi


Gabriella Ghermandi (writer, composer, storyteller)

3:00-4:00pm  Zoom 
Apr. 15,2021    Mario Bellatin (writer)  4:00-5:00pm  Zoom