Voltaire, Rousseau & Camus: An Intellectual History of Paris' Latin Quarter with Samuél Lopez-Barrantes

Voltaire, Rousseau & Camus: An Intellectual History of Paris' Latin Quarter with Samuél Lopez-Barrantes


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The history of Paris is the history of ideas. Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson came to the Latin Quarter's first coffee shop, Le Procope, to drink a strange new elixir, meet French revolutionaries, and imagine a new form of government. Two centuries after the guillotine was invented, Americans Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein arrived with wisdom from Asia in search of a chaotically simple idea: "make it new." Just a few years later, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, and Jean-Paul Sartre began questioning the very nature of existence on the sun-drenched terrace of the Cafe de Flore.

In this conversation that combines history, literature, and intellectual history, author and literature professor Samuél Lopez-Barrantes will discuss the story about the people and the ideas that define one of the world's most important neighborhoods.

Many of us might know the names that define the Latin Quarter - Rousseau and Voltaire, Stein and Hemingway, Camus, and Sartre̐but to recognize the names is not the same as to understand them. Focusing on three major intellectual movements that helped define modern civilization - the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, Modernism, and Existentialism - Samuél provides a practical approach to understanding these movements through the stories that make the Latin Quarter what it is today. From a controversial bathtub assassination to a flamboyant Nazi whose nickname was Dr. Jazz, we will leave this conversation with a better understanding of why the Latin Quarter has attracted so many artists and thinkers and why it continues to inspire to this day.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Samuel's course was interesting and the graphics were a great blend of text, street imagery, and historical personas. I would love to do this in Paris, walking and talking!

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J.M.
Fast overview!

This was perhaps a bit too ambitious of a time frame, but I loved learning how all the different intellectual movements were all centered in basically the same neighborhood. I definitely wish I could take this as a walking tour sometime - and am glad Samuel is doing "deeper dives" on several of the subjects we had to race through on this conversation.

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J.S.

It was so stimulating and interesting. I got goose bumps and went to the library to get one of the books Samuel recommended.

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VOLTAIRE, ROUSSEAU & CAMUS

What a delightful afternoon with Samuel Lopez-Barrantes to be back in Paris to learn about a history that I was only somewhat aware of. I give this session and host five stars and will look forward to being in future lectures with Samuel Lopez-Barrantes

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Based on 29 reviews
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M.L.

Samuel's course was interesting and the graphics were a great blend of text, street imagery, and historical personas. I would love to do this in Paris, walking and talking!

J
J.M.
Fast overview!

This was perhaps a bit too ambitious of a time frame, but I loved learning how all the different intellectual movements were all centered in basically the same neighborhood. I definitely wish I could take this as a walking tour sometime - and am glad Samuel is doing "deeper dives" on several of the subjects we had to race through on this conversation.

J
J.S.

It was so stimulating and interesting. I got goose bumps and went to the library to get one of the books Samuel recommended.

J
J.R.
VOLTAIRE, ROUSSEAU & CAMUS

What a delightful afternoon with Samuel Lopez-Barrantes to be back in Paris to learn about a history that I was only somewhat aware of. I give this session and host five stars and will look forward to being in future lectures with Samuel Lopez-Barrantes