September 26, 2017

OJM and IJS Panel Discussion: The Construction of Immunity- Cultural Treatments of Contagious Disease

Oregon Jewish Museum and Institute for Judaic Studies present a Discussion as part of Portland Jewish Book Month. Professor Roger Porter of Reed College speaks specifically about Nemesis and compares how disease is treated in other examples from literature. Professor Simon Finger of Reed College talks about the ways that communicable diseases are viewed from anthropological, cultural, and social historical perspectives.

How do we view our relative susceptibility to contagious diseases? How is this sense of vulnerability treated within literature? In conjunction with Portland Jewish Book Month’s selection of the novel Nemesis, Philip Roth’s book about a 1940s New Jersey polio epidemic, there is a discussion about how communicable diseases are viewed from different perspectives.

Tickets: OJM and IJS Members Free; General Public $5, available at OJM website. 

Oregon Jewish Museum


Oregon Jewish Museum
1953 NW Kearney Street
Portland 97209

November 19th, 2013 at 7:00pm