The Cal Turner Program endeavors to educate students and professionals about moral intelligence, ethical commitments and leadership abilities. A primary means of achieving this mission is our Leadership Development program of experiential workshops. Our next workshop is as follows:
Models of Moral Leadership
in Albert Camus' novel The Plague
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Vanderbilt Divinity School
When Albert Camus received the 1957 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Swedish Academy proclaimed him “the world’s foremost literary antagonist of totalitarianism, who with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our time by writing in a common language on the themes of war and resistance, exile, and the death penalty.”
In his multivalent novel titled The Plague, published in 1947, Camus portrays models of leadership representing the institutions of religion, medicine, and government when emergent conditions threaten the population of Oran, a coastal city in Northwest Algeria. The Plague is Camus’ testament of resistance against institutional leaders who commit failures of the imagination and whose actions impede the advancement of the Summum Bonum.
The year 2018 commemorates the seventieth anniversary of the English translation of The Plague. Camus remarked, “I revolt; therefore, we are,” and our study of the novel will invite us to consider how the “ethical grammar of solidarity” prescribed by Camus proves relevant for our human condition.
There is no cost for this event, and meals will be provided over the course of the event (see schedule below). In addition, if you register by March 16th, and provide your address, we will mail you a copy of The Plague.
Please register by emailing Joy Bronson.
Friday, March 23
6:00-7:00 pm Dinner in Divinity #129 (registration required)
7:00-8:30 pm Opening Lecture in Divinity #122
Saturday, March 24
10:00 am-1:00 pm Workshop (light breakfast and lunch provided), Divinity 122