If This is a Man

If This Is A Man; Music, Science and Humanity

An interdisciplinary performance and reflection inspired by Primo Levi.

Producer: Camilla Tassi
Conductor: Caleb Wenzel

Beautiful pictures courtesy of Liv Bratton and John Haley

if this is a man


The event, inspired by the work of author Primo Levi, included the performance of Simon Sargon’s chamber setting of Levi poems, the US premiere of Ennio Morricone’s “Se questo è un uomo”, as well as student and faculty testimonies on the work, life, and legacy of Primo Levi.

Jewish Italian chemist and writer, Primo Levi (1919-1987), was the author of fiction, poetry, essays, memoirs, and translations, and is best known for his first work, “Se questo è un uomo” [If This Is A Man], which provides an account of his detention at Auschwitz, and offers one of the most compelling invitations to reflect on humanity to have emerged in European literature.

Conceived and produced by undergraduate student Camilla Tassi, and conducted by doctoral student Caleb Wenzel, the event will be held in the Jordan Hall of Science, in recognition and celebration of Levi’s bridging of the arts and the sciences in his work.

A student-led initiative, the event is a collaboration of the Department of Music, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Italian Studies at Notre Dame, and is also graciously supported by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.

Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:00PM – 4:00PM

Location: Jordan Hall of Science, Gallery