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Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

IFE—Voices from Europe—Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic in France

Professor Jean Zoungrana from the University of Strasbourg will discuss “Reflections on the Covid-19 Pandemic in France.” During this exchange with the Macalester community, Jean Zoungrana will offer several reflections on French society in the current context of the pandemic. Themes to be analyzed include social responsibility, individual freedom, and the relationship of citizens to the government and to science, as well as the distinction between the first period of lock-down in France, marked by strong support from the population, and the second, which has been characterized by a wave of mistrust. This will be followed by a discussion and comparison between the French response and that of the United States. Students are encouraged to follow news of Covid-19 in France beforehand from the online editions of the main French newspapers (Le Monde; Liberation; Le Figaro).

Jean Zoungrana has a doctorate in philosophy and is a graduate in social sciences from the University of Strasbourg. Lecturer in Social Sciences in the Department of Social Practices and Development at the University of Strasbourg, he works on the sociology of knowledge as well as in the field of social work, where he focuses his current research on social policies and social interventions.

For zoom link, please contact Theresa Klauer (

This talk will be in French.


Audience: Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Students

Sponsor: French and Francophone Studies

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