What can animals teach us about death?

Jessica Pierce, bio-ethicist, writer and religious studies scholar based in Denver, Colo., presents “Into the Open: What Animals Can Teach Us about Death” at Millhopper Branch on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. Her talk will explore what kinds of “death awareness” animals might possess and will look at some fascinating reports of death-related behavior, including grieving, in both wild and domesticated animals.

We’ll also examine human cultural, psychological and moral attitudes toward and practices related to animal death, focusing particularly on the death of companion species such as dogs and cats, and on the growing field of veterinary hospice and palliative care. Here we find a rich source of insight on caring for dying animals and also a useful comparative ground thinking about our own death and the death of our human loved ones.  

This is a co-sponsored event with the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere University of Florida Speaker Series 2016-17 Series - Death: Confronting the Great Divide. The series features nationally renowned scholars and filmmakers that explore unique cultural and historical confrontations with death. 

Wednesday, Feb.1,  7 p.m., at Millhopper Branch Library
Into the Open: What Animals Can Teach Us about Death by Jessica Pierce, Bio-ethicist and Author based in Denver, Colo.



The series continues:

Thursday, Feb. 16, 5:30 p.m. at Smathers Library, #100
Preparing for Death: Reflections on Possession and Loss in Late Antiquity by Isabel Moreira, Professor of History at the University of Utah


Thursday, March 16, 6 p.m. at Harn Museum Chandler Auditorium
HESCAH sponsored lecture - Relics and Reliquaries: A Matter of Life and Death by Cynthia Hahn, Professor of Art History at Hunter College, CUNY. Followed by a reception.


Thursday, April 6, 5:30 p.m., Smathers Library #100
​A Doorway to the Divine:  Islamic Bodies and the Sufi Saints as Connecting the Living to the Dead by Ellen Amster, Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at McMaster University. Followed by a reception. 


These free, open to the public lectures include a short question and answer period and last about one hour. For more information about specific events, please visit: http://www.humanities.ufl.edu/calendar-2016-17-Speaker-Series.html 

Death: Confronting the Great Divide is sponsored by the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment), UF Smathers Libraries, UF Office of Research, School of Art + Art History's Harn Eminent Scholar Lecture Series, UF International Center, UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UF Department of History, UF Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, UF Center for Latin American Studies, UF Department of Religion, Alachua County Library District, UF College of Veterinary Medicine, UF Digital Worlds Institute, and the UF Honors Program. 

Posted by NickieK on January 26, 2017