Huntington U Fall Seminars



Go “back to school” with Huntington U this fall, and enjoy a college-level class presented by a university professor. This six-week course features in-depth lectures and lively discussions, but there are no papers to write and no final test.


Each seminar: Members: $220. Non Members: $250.


A History of Death

A History of Death

Thursdays, Oct. 5–Nov. 9
1–3 p.m.


Gideon Manning, visiting scholar at Claremont Graduate University, will lead a six-week class examining the history of death from Greek antiquity to the modern era. Death is a biological event, but it is always more than this: it is a historical event in the fullest sense, affecting economics, government organization, and cultural and social practices. This is easiest to see when death occurs on a massive scale, as in epidemics, like the Black Death, or in times of war, like the U.S. Civil War. Lectures and discussions will cover a range of topics: What is the ideal death? How does a good death relate to a good life? How should we plan for death? How should we mourn? Is death to be feared? Is immortality desirable? This course will provide an opportunity to witness the changes that have occurred in how death is experienced, represented, and has been conceived in Western culture. Weekly reading assignments will come from the history of medicine, ancient and contemporary philosophy, the Old and New Testament, sociology, history of economics, and literature. Class meetings will include interaction with the diverse holdings of The Huntington’s collection. Register Online


Gideon Manning


Gideon Manning is visiting scholar at Claremont Graduate University. His research concentrates on the history of modern philosophy, history of medicine, and history of biology.


About The Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

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