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?


Zahi Zalloua
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.

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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.