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 workshops designed to engage our community in a discussion about death, dying, and loss. Past discussions are recorded and available for viewing on our YouTube channel

CONVERSATIONS ABOUT DYING, LOSS, AND GRIEF

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.Events take place on Monday evenings and are located in the library’s Cooper Room (Level Four).

 

Most film screenings take place after the library has closed and building access is limited. Attendees must enter from the library’s parking garage, all other doors are locked. Parking garage doors are open from 6:15 – 6:45 and films start at 6:30; late entry is not allowed.

Event Dates and Topics

For more information about monthly topics, please visit our online calendar.

Mon., Aug. 29, 5:30-8 PM – Film screening and discussion of the 2021 film Pig. Prof. Matthew Strohl will moderate the discussion. 

Fri., Sept. 9, 6:30-9 PM – Film screening and discussion of the film After Life. Dr. Brian Dowdle will moderate the discussion.

Fri., Oct. 14, 6:30-9 PM – Film screening and discussion of the film Titane. Prof. Matthew Strohl will moderate the discussion.

Mon., Oct. 17, 5:30-7 PM – Presentation and panel discussion – The Human Imagination of Grief: Views from Art, Literature, and Science with Dr. Mary-Frances O’Connor, Dr. Ashby Kinch, and artmaker Cathy Weber. Livestream this program via MCAT or their Facebook, or watch later on our YouTube channel.

Wed., Nov. 2, 5:30-7 PM – Presentation – Living Well, Dying Well with Dr. Ira Byock, in partnership with the Partners Hope Foundation. Livestream this program via MCAT or their Facebook, or watch later on our YouTube channel.

Mon., Nov. 7, 14, and 21, 5:30-7:30 PM – Staging Grief Together: Ways of Remembering. A 3-part theatre workshop with Dr. Bernadette Sweeney. Registration is required to attend. Register now

Fri., Dec. 9, 6:30-9 PM – Film screening and discussion of the film Hotel by the River. Prof. Matthew Strohl will moderate the discussion.

University of Montana Humanities Institute

This program is a partnership between the Missoula Public Library and the University of Montana Humanities Institute.

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