Re-Imagining Death: Conversations about Dying, Loss, and Grief
The Missoula Public Library is pleased to partner with the University of Montana Humanities Institute on a series of informal talks, lectures, film screenings, and book club events designed to engage our community in a discussion about death, dying, and loss.
October’s selection is a special screening and post-film discussion of the movie Titane from France (rated R). Prof. Matthew Strohl will moderate the discussion. This program is part of the series Re-Imagining Death: Conversations on Dying, Loss, and Grief in partnership with UM’s Humanities Institute. A woman with a titanium plate fitted in her head and murderous intent on her mind embarks on a bizarre journey of identity and unconditional love when she’s forced to go on the run. Running time is 108 minutes.
All films are shown in the original language with English subtitles. World Wide Cinema is MPL’s free monthly film series of first-run independent and foreign films. Screenings are held the second Friday of each month. Doors are open from 6:15 – 6:45 and the film starts at 6:30, late entry is not allowed. Attendees must enter from the library’s parking garage, all other doors are locked.
As part of the ongoing series Re-Imagining Death: Conversations about Dying, Loss, and Grief, in partnership with UM’s Humanities Institute, join us for this presentation and panel discussion with Dr. Mary-Frances O’Connor, Dr. Ashby Kinch, and artmaker Cathy Weber. We’ll explore the human experience of grief through a cross-disciplinary dialogue among art, art history, literature, neuroscience, and psychology. Brief presentations by each panelist will introduce rich topics for exploration for attendees, who will be asked to reflect on the experience of grief by looking at, and responding to, art from the past and present, as well as considering the role our brain plays in the way we process grief. Participants will be encouraged to respond to images, ask questions and engage in a thoughtful dialogue through the rich visual content, compelling historical context, and insightful scientific concepts.
Panelists include: Dr. Ashby Kinch, University of Montana Graduate Dean and author of Imago Mortis: Mediating Images of Death in Late Medieval Culture specializes in the art and literature of death and dying in the early 15th century; Dr. Mary-Frances O’Connor, University of Arizona Associate Professor of Psychology and author of The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss studies how the brain comprehends our new world after the death of a loved one; and Cathy Weber, artmaker, will discuss how personal grief inspired the studio artist through the Grief Series (Exhibit and Catalogue, Art Museum of Missoula, 2000), which will be mounted at the Missoula Public Library for an intimate, close-in experience for viewers.
As part of the ongoing series Re-Imagining Death: Conversations about Dying, Loss, and Grief, in partnership with UM’s Humanities Institute, join us for this presentation by Dr. Ira Byock. This program is presented by the Partners Hope Foundation and kicks off their National Hospice and Palliative Care Month events. Visit their website to find more events all month long.
In partnership with Partners Hope Foundation, the organization creating a center for end-of-life care for Western Montana, and in honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Ira Byock, MD, FAAHPM will share his life’s work and insights at a special evening with the Missoula public. Dr. Byock is a leading palliative care physician, author and public advocate for improving care through the end of life. Dr. Byock is the author of three books, Dying Well (1997), The Four Things That Matter Most (2004) and The Best Care Possible (2012), which have become standards in the field of hospice and palliative care. His latest book, tackling the crisis surrounding serious illness and dying in America and Byock’s quest to transform care through the end of life, won the Annual Books for a Better Life Wellness Award. Dr. Byock is Founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Institute for Human Caring of Providence St. Joseph Health, a 50-hospital health system. He lectures nationally and internationally and has been a featured guest on national television and radio programs.
Nov 7, 14, & 21
As part of the ongoing series Re-Imagining Death: Conversations about Dying, Loss, and Grief, in partnership with UM’s Humanities Institute, join Dr. Bernadette Sweeney in this 3-part theatre workshop at the library on November 7, 14, and 21 from 5:30-7:30 PM. Sessions are organized around the themes of ritual, remembering, ghosting, and preparing. We will be using different script extracts that stage ritual, grief, and loss in different ways around these 4 themes and consider how theatre allows us to be playful with our representations and understandings of death, absence and embodiment, and memory. Space is limited and registration is required. Registrants are asked to attend all three sessions. Registering for the November 7 session will register you for the following sessions on November 14 and 21. Register now
Film screening and discussion of the film Hotel by the River. Prof. Matthew Strohl will moderate the discussion.
For a full list of discussion dates and topics, please visit the Re-Imagining Death web page.
In the wake of a devastating epidemic, we need more than ever to gather for community discussion about a topic that is difficult, but essential to living a full life.
Throughout 2022, we will hold events each month featuring UM professors in the humanities who will share their expertise with the wider community. Professors in a range of disciplines will present short lectures on topics designed to generate discussion, including death rituals and beliefs around the world (African, Hindu, Irish, Middle Eastern); death experiences from past time periods, shifting attitudes about death and dying in cultural practices like funerals, cremation, and end-of-life experiences, and new movements to de-stigmatize discussions of death.
We aim to generate elevated and affirmative discussion that builds community through public engagement with a challenging topic during challenging times. We also encourage library patrons to suggest topics related to this series that they’d like to explore in future sessions. Most events take place on Monday evenings and are located in the library’s Cooper Room (Level Four). Film screenings take place Friday evenings, also in the Cooper Room.