Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Free Discussion about Cross-cultural Ideas of Life and Death at Tualatin Library on October 28

Grave Matters: Reflections on Life and Death across Cultures and Traditions

Ages 16+
Tuesday, October 28, 7:00pm
Location: Tualatin Library Community Room
Free

Traditional American culture is often portrayed as either death-denying (death is a taboo not to be discussed) or death-defying (life should be prolonged at any cost). Yet diverse religious, philosophical, and cultural traditions present our mortality not as something to be feared or defied, but as a means of learning how to live a full life. Can acknowledging our mortality bring greater meaning to life?

Courtney Campbell is the Hundere Chair in Religion and Culture and a professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University. He has been on the faculty at OSU since 1990 and has received numerous awards for teaching and scholarship. Campbell serves on the board of directors for Benton Hospice, the ethics committee for Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, and coordinates the program in medical humanities at OSU.

This event is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project, which offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future.

Parking at the Tualatin Library is limited because of parking lot improvements; additional parking is available.