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Manchester celebrates Day of the Dead with a week of tributes

       Sweet Life and Other Dying Matters / La Vida Dulce y los Dulces de la Muerte

Altar display 2017From Oct. 29 to Nov. 4, the North Manchester campus of Manchester University will explore the often ignored and taboo topic of death.

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, a panel discussion moderated by Professor of English Beate Gilliar about “Sweet life and other dying matters” will take place at 7 p.m. in the Lahman Room of the Jo Young Switzer Center.

The discussion will focus on experiences commemorating life and death with panelists who include a person living with cancer and professionals from funerary, grieving and counseling services.  

On Thursday, Nov. 1, Associate Professor of Spanish Arturo Yáñez will speak about the Day of the Dead – El Día de los Muertos and address the tradition and meaning of this important Mexican holiday. This brief program begins at 9:30 a.m. on the first floor of the Funderburg Library. 

Displays available throughout the week at the library:

  • “Altars Honoring the Day of the Dead – El Día de los Muertos” – Created by the Hispanos Unidos Club, faculty, family and staff from both MU campuses.
  • “Perspectives on Life and Death” exhibits created by first-year students in “Death and Other Endings” seminar.
  • “Death: A Global Glance through an Array of Faith Traditions,” offering digital images prepared by students in Sociology of Religion.
  • “How do you wish to be remembered?” exhibit inviting visitors to write an anonymous response.

About Manchester

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., is a northeast Indiana leader in health science education. It offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics, a Master of Athletic Training a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy and a four-year dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics.  Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu . 

Press release prepared with assistance by student worker Kimberly Khavayi in the Office of Strategic Communications.

October 2018

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Latino Leaders magazine: Manchester among Best 50 Schools for Latinos in the nation.