Plague Pox and Pandemics – JewishLiteraryFestival@home

By MapMyWay
11 August 2020

Plague Pox and Pandemics
13 August Emeritus Professors Howard Phillips and Barry Schoub

Emeritus Professors Howard Phillips, author of Plague Pox and Pandemics, and Barry Schoub will be in conversation about the lessons learnt from historical pandemics and what might be the likely consequences of COVID 19.

Emeritus Professor Howard Phillips was on the staff of the Departments of History and of Public Health at UCT where he pioneered the teaching of the history of health, disease and medicine. In his 2012 book Plague, Pox and Pandemics he writes that South Africa is no stranger to pandemics; smallpox, bubonic plague, Spanish flu, polio and HIV/AIDS pandemics have all raged across the region in the last 300 years.

Barry Schoub Professor Emeritus of Virology, University of Witwatersrand, was the founding Director of the country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases [NICD]. He served on a number of International Public Health bodies and was an adviser to the World Health Organisation for various viral diseases and pandemic preparedness.

Never more relevant than today, JLF@home brings together these two leaders in the field to discuss the various lessons learnt from past pandemics and what we may expect in a post Covid 19 world.

You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy what’s on offer, you just have to love words, reading and conversation. Our online home has replaced the physical festival, planned for March 2020, and offers a series of talks and interviews on a variety of topics and featuring many well known literary personalities.

Each Thursday at 8pm SAST we present a session that you would have enjoyed at the ‘in person’ Festival but can now enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

With plenty more online sessions coming up viewers will be spoiled for choice – see below what is still to come.

HOW TO BOOK: Current ticket holders (who bought for the original festival) have access to all sessions.
If tickets had not been purchased for the original festival now you can access them through Snapscan or by sending an EFT to the details below.

Plague Pox and Pandemics
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Single tickets at R40 per session or a season pass at R360.

Click here to view the previous webinars which were uploaded to whet everyone’s appetite.

Upcoming JewishLiterary Festival@home sessions for August feature the following authors:

13 August @ 8pm SAST: Plagues, pox and pandemics: Prof. Howard Philips 2012 book gives rise to this discussion with Prof. Barry Stroub reviewing historical pandemics, their long-term consequences and the likely impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

20 August @ 8pm SAST: Unparalleled access: Biographies written by relatives of legendary South Africans: Toni Strasburg, daughter of struggle icons Rusty and Hilda Bernstein, and Daniel Browde, grandson of celebrated jurist Jules Browde, discuss their books and their unique perspectives with moderator Lisa Chait.

27 August @ 8pm SAST: The gospel according to Wanda B Lazarus: Lynn Joffe’s new book spans 2000 years as protagonist Wanda strides the ages. Diane Awerbuck speaks to Lynn about the origins of her novel, why mature women make the best writers, and the things we learn during the writing process.

and more to come….

INFO: Beryl Eichenberger 082 490 6652