Boccaccio Now! Pandemic Storytelling

painting depicting the Black Death

Immediately after the Black Death struck Europe in 1348, killing over a third of the population, Italian writer Giovanni Boccaccio wrote “The Decameron,” a collection of a hundred stories that revolutionized literature and suggested that storytelling was crucial to helping people recover from the trauma of pandemic disease.

Join renowned scholar, teacher and riveting storyteller Ian Moulton, President’s Professor of English and Cultural History in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, as he explores Boccaccio's achievement in “The Decameron” and looks at ways that storytelling can help us make sense of our own pandemic and prepare us for a post-pandemic world.

This event is part of the inaugural Humanities Week at ASU, a collaboration of ASU humanities units, centers and institutes in hosting special events to highlight the ways in which we explore the human adventure across time, culture and place. 


You may attend in-person or via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent as an option with your registration confirmation.

College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Iliana Garcia, Events Coordinator Sr.
Santa Catalina Hall, Room 360
Polytechnic campus

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