“If This Is a Man: Primo Levi, Autobiography, and the Holocaust”
WEBINAR RECORDING | “If This Is a Man: Primo Levi, Autobiography, and the Holocaust”
Presented by Dr. Kristin Stasiowski
With Additional Commentary by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero
“It is neither easy nor agreeable to dredge this abyss of viciousness, and yet I think it must be done, because what could be perpetrated yesterday could be attempted again tomorrow…” writes Italian Jewish author Primo Levi in his well-known memoir of survival, “If This is a Man” (“Se questo è un uomo”). Join us for a conversation with Dr. Kristin Stasiowski who will introduce us to Levi’s detailed and moving account of his life as a prisoner in the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz. More than a memoir, Levi’s autobiography is a novel of the self. It places readers at the center of enduring philosophical and moral questions about the nature and meaning of human dignity in the face of evil and asks us to find humanity even in the most horrific and terrifying circumstances. Levi’s work also distinguishes itself as unique in the genre with literary references to Dante’s “Inferno”, Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and more. Participants will discover not only the literary importance of “Primo Levi”, but will also gain an appreciation for the power of language to address, represent, and memorialize this period of the 20th century.
The webinar recording consists of a 45-minute lecture.
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- Lectures 1
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 minutes
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 4
- Assessments Yes