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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- SFU News: Student Elizabeth Kidd joins our study tour to Spain
- Roundhouse Radio: Interview with Margaret Hall and Margaret Easton from our End of Life Studies courses
- Globe and Mail: A profile of instructor Barry Shell's passion for scents
- A Place for Mom: Our programs are featured in a blog post on educational programs for mature students
- SFU News: Former instructor and current student Thomas Poiker wins international science prize
- Vancouver Magazine and Ms. Magazine: Read about instructor Roberta Staley's new documentary on Afghanistan women, Mightier Than the Sword
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