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 →
Your gift makes all the difference!
Our program has enjoyed tremendous growth, but we need your financial help to ensure our innovative and successful programs and services continue to thrive.
You can choose where your contribution goes:
- Your gift to the 55+ Program Endowment Fund will ensure that we continue to offer the highest quality courses and events for adults 55+ and enhance the variety of special offerings. This endowment is supported by the SLLS.
- Your contribution to the Annie Watson Student Bursary fund can help provide the gift of learning to adults 55+ for whom cost represents a significant barrier to lifelong learning. The bursary provides support for those who cannot otherwise participate in the Adults 55+ Program by covering a significant amount of their non-credit course registration fees.
The family of the late Annie Watson, a student in our courses for adults, helped establish the bursary in 2011.
Donating is easy:
- You can donate online to either the 55+ Program Endowment Fund or the Annie Watson Student Bursary.
- You can mail us a cheque made payable to Simon Fraser University:
2300–515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3
(Please indicate where you would like your contribution to be applied: 55+ Program Endowment Fund or Annie Watson Student Bursary.)
The university will mail you a tax receipt for donations over $10.
Together with your valuable donations, the 55+ Program is supported through a generous bequest from former director of the program Alan Aberbach, whose legacy gift means that SFU can promote learning for people of all ages for many years to come.
Rosalyn Kaplan, Program Director