Against Market Solutions: The Politics of COVID-19
Taught By Professor Zahi Zalloua
Politicians, pundits and even medical experts have stressed the importance of private industry in resolving the current pandemic. But are there really market solutions to COVID-19 and future pandemics? Isn’t this the time to think of alternative models of intervention — ones that question the self-interested “values” of the market and foreground the need for global solidarity and international cooperation?
Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures (French) and Interdisciplinary Studies
Zahi Zalloua is a professor of French and interdisciplinary studies who teaches courses on the Palestinian question, Afro-pessimism, literary theory and queer theory. His research sits at the intersections of philosophy and literary theory, and antiracist and universal politics.
COVID-19: A Liberal Arts Approach to the Study of a Global Pandemic was created in the spring of 2020 as a special one-credit course for Whitman College’s most newly admitted students, offering them an opportunity to get to know our distinguished faculty and to study a significant event in human history.