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.
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. Visit here for more info and to register.
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.