Sundays: January 10 – May 16
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. Arie Zamora
For students Grades 9-12
Over these past few months we have experienced the horrors of the deadly Covid-19 and its massive and paralyzing impact on our lives. Our class will address how past societies, mostly in Western Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Near East dealt with the catastrophic phenomenon of epidemics and pandemics.
Our historical review of societies and cultures over millennium of epidemics and pandemics offers us insight on humanity. How do we react towards each other when a devastating crisis hit? Are we compassionate or exhibit predatory selfish instincts? When do we exhibit empathy towards the poor and the helpless and when do we ignore the destitute plight and exhibit hate and revulsion towards our fellow- human being? What causes society to act in solidarity when it confronts crises and massive death and when does society crack at the seams? What is the role of political authorities and/ or spiritual -religious leaders to mitigate the magnitude of the crisis and what is the role of the individuals as they deal and suffer from the consequences of that catastrophe?