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

Tuesday, November 19, 7:00-8:30pm
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Oregon Jewish Museum and Institute for Judaic Studies present a Discussion as part of Portland Jewish Book Month 

Culturally, 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, the Oregon Jewish Museum and the Institute for Judaic Studies will host a discussion about how communicable diseases are viewed from anthropological, cultural, and medical perspectives. Professor Roger Porter of Reed College will speak specifically about Nemesis and compare how disease is treated in other examples from literature. Professor Simon Finger of Reed College will talk about the ways that communicable diseases are viewed from anthropological, cultural, and social historical perspectives. Both will entertain questions from the audience and we hope for a spirited discussion. The book is available for purchase at the OJM Gift Shop.

Panelists include: 

Roger Porter, Reed College Professor of English and Humanities  

Simon Finger, Reed College Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Humanities