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How We Say Goodbye: Funerary Traditions Around the World

March 8, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Online

Please join us for this live webinar on Monday, March 8th at 7:00 pm EST.


During the month of March, New Canaan Library celebrates “One Author New Canaan” and the literary works of award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson with programming that supports, and honors, themes found throughout her work. In the novel Another Brooklyn, readers get to know the main character, August, at two points in her life– as a young girl who reluctantly moves to Brooklyn with her father and brother, and as an adult researcher who studies funerary traditions and ways in which the dead are preserved around the world.

In this lecture, the Library welcomes Dr. Margaret Schwartz, Associate Professor at Fordham University to discuss how personal archival media– photographs, video/audio recordings, and even social media posts in the digital age– are employed to commemorate the deceased, as well as Dr. Matthew Engelke, Professor of Religion at Columbia University to discuss funeral rites across the world and their cultural significance. Their presentations will lead into an audience Q & A about global funerary traditions.

Dr. Margaret Schwartz is associate professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. Her book, Dead Matter: The Meaning of Iconic Corpses looks at the relationship between photography and embalming in the memorialization of public figures.

Dr. Matthew Engelke is professor of religion at Columbia University and director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life. An anthropologist by training, he is currently writing a book on humanist and non-religious funerals in England.

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March 8, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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