Liberal Arts and 55+ Program
Danse Macabre: Perspectives on Life and Death in Western Literature
Join us over three Saturdays to explore end-of-life issues from the perspective of writers and artists from classical antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Romantic and Modernist eras and the present day. Learn how societies, under the shifting influences of religion and philosophy, have thought about death and its connection to living.
We will focus on recurring themes around death—taboos, fears and curiosity—as they’ve developed in Western consciousness. Including other art forms to enrich our exploration, we will consider how literature has represented the points of view of the dying, the bereaved, caregivers and medical professionals over time.
This is the third course in a new series on end-of-life matters at SFU Continuing Studies. The courses can be taken individually, and are of interest to health professionals, legal professionals, policymakers, researchers, gerontologists, psychologists, social workers, educators and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the increasingly complex field of end of life.learn more →
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Courses are offered in the Fall (starting September and October), Spring (starting January and February) and Summer (starting May). Registration for courses begins on a specific date three times a year. Registration for the Fall typically begins in July, Spring begins in November and Summer begins in April.
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Phone: 778-782-8000 (or toll-free 1-844-782-8877)
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Liberal Arts and 55+ Program, Continuing Studies
Simon Fraser University Vancouver
2300-515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5K3 Canada
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2300-515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Phone: 778-782-5212 | Email Holly O'Carra
Phone: 778-782-9480 | Email Mark Smith