A Social History of Death, Dying, and Bereavement with Allan Kellehear, PhD, FAcSS, Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Liberal Arts
How has the way we die and grieve changed? This talk takes the listener on a 1.5-million-year journey into our origins and shows how the dying and grieving experience has been molded by the great economies of human history—from hunter-gather to agrarian to urban to modern societies. Although there are thousands of death customs, the way we die and grieve demonstrates only a small, although important, set of variations. We will examine changes in life expectancy, causes of death, cultural customs, and folkways as well as the effects of urbanization and wealth on how we die. An historical look at our experiences facing death shows our current strengths and weaknesses in developing systems of support at these crucial times.
The University of Minnesota Morris Distinguished Visiting Professorship in theLiberal Arts was established through the generous support of a private donor.
Monday, November 12 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Science Building , 2950 (Auditorium)
600 East 4th Street, Morris, MN 56267