Ori Soltes Lecture Series, Spring 2021

West End Library

Ori Soltes Lecture Series, Spring 2021

Literature In and About the Time of Plague


About the Series
The West End Library Friends Present
Ori Z Soltes: Literature In and About the Time of Plague

Given the current state of the world regarding the public health emergency, that should unite humanity to fight against it, it seems particularly appropriate to interweave two related ideas within this series. These ideas include the works written during the time of plague or the works that include the idea of plague as part of its content (or both) combined with that most enduring aspect of human experience: love and its concomitants.

Relax, pour yourself a drink, read, think, and turn on your computer for a stimulating series of virtual discussions!

Please see library staff for assistance with the reading materials, which are available upon request.

All gatherings are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. While the branch is currently closed for in-person discussions, we continue to meet virtually. Please email my.nguyen@dc.gov for additional details.

Books to be Discussed
January 27: Boccaccio’s Decameron (selections) 
February 24: Shakespeare: Winter’s Tale 
March 24: Alessandro Manzoni: The Betrothed
April 21: Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Love in the Time of Cholera
May 19: Geraldine Brooks: Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

About Ori Z. Soltes, PhD
Ori Z Soltes has spent a lifetime wrestling with questions that resonate through the history of the human experience. His dynamic teaching, lecturing, curating and writing reflect a broad series of interests and a unique ability to combine them in unusual ways that are thought-provoking and both challenging and intellectually exciting.
 
He currently teaches theology, philosophy and art history at Georgetown University. He has also taught across diverse disciplines for many years at The Johns Hopkins University, Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, Siegel College in Cleveland, and other colleges and universities.
 
Dr. Soltes has lectured at dozens of museums across the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.