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. Remote access–Livestream discussions remotely (not book club events or film screenings) at their stated times via MCAT or Facebook. Discussions are recorded and now available for viewing on our YouTube channel


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.


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.

Discussion Dates and Topics

May 23, 5:30-7PM – BOOK CLUB EVENT – Dr. Matthew Semanoff discusses People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present by Dara Horn


Purchase People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present by Dara Horn from Fact & Fiction


Jun. 10. 6:30-9PM – FILM SCREENING – Hana-bi, directed by Takeshi Kitano, discussion with Prof. Matthew Strohl


Background film titles for discussion: Tokyo Story and Equinox Flower

*Re-Imagining Death programming is on hiatus for the summer. Please check this page again for Fall 2022 program information.

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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