Why should we care about cultural legacies?

viva la france

This question is directed at the students in the Vive la France! FIG but everyone and anyone is invited to comment.

A key sentence in Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven says: “Survival is insufficient.” What does this mean in the context of the novel? What connections might we make between this statement (and Mandel’s novel) and the ideas about cultural legacies that we are exploring in our FIG (Vive la France!) which pairs French 150 (Cultural Legacies of France) with Humanities 101 (Introduction to Humanities)? Why are we concerned with cultural legacies?