Camus’s La Peste and COVID-19

Algerian native Nacer Chambi discusses Nobel-prize-winning author Albert Camus’s 1947 novel The Plague (La Peste) (1947). Camus’s work follows the citizens of the city of Oran, Algeria as they face an outbreak of the plague and the resultant quarantine in 1940. Some respond by rebelling, others flee, some want to believe in their own invincibility, while others cower in fear. Scapegoats, false rumors, superstitions, and fake news invade a scene where the limits of scientific, political, and economic authority are all pushed to the limits. Come discover this masterpiece, while you your ability to discuss the Coronavirus en français.

Thursdays | From June 20th to July 11th
Time: 10:00-11:30 AM
Level: B1-B2 | Intermediate to Advanced

Meet the teacher

Meet the teacher

Nacer Chambia native of Algeria, worked for more than 30 years in Algeria as Inspector of Finance, then as Judge in the Government Accountability Office (Cour des Comptes), and finally Director of Control and Training, while teaching the management control at Algiers University. In 1973, he graduated in economics and finance from the National School of Administration of Algeria (ENA). In 1977, he obtained an MBA in management control and economic development at the University of Paris IX Dauphine. Former member of International Organizations of Supreme Audit (INTOSAI), he participated in several seminars around the world. In the United States with his family since 1995, he has worked as a French teacher at the Language Studies Institute, the International School of Palo Alto of the Peninsula (ISTP), and for Palo Alto French Education (PAFEA). Before moving to Alpharetta in June 2019, he was a professor and Menlo Park Center Manager of the Alliance Française of Silicon Valley. His favorite citation is from Albert Camus: « Ma patrie, c’est la langue française. »