Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Worms Play Pinochle

Halloween is upon us, followed by the Hispanic celebration of El Dia de los Muertos. In the spirit of this season, when we symbolically test the thin veil that separates us from the departed, the library is hosting “Grave Matters: Cultural Diversity on Life and Death,” a conversation led by Dr. Courtney Campbell on Sunday, November 2 at 2:00 p.m.  This program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Contemporary American culture is commonly portrayed as death-denying or death-defying. However, other cultural traditions understand our mortality as a teacher about living a purposeful life. Can acknowledging our mortality bring greater meaning to life?

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 and the ethics committee for Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, and coordinates the program in medical humanities at OSU.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact the Newport Public Library at 541-265-2153 or go to

Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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