Dr. Michael Leming, a renowned author on death and dying, will speak at St. Bonaventure University on Sept. 21 and 22.
The first presentation, titled “Funerals: Cross-Cultural & Religious Traditions (Buddhist, Christian, Jewish & Islam),” is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, and the second one, “Bereavement and Loss: A Process of Caring,” is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Both talks are free and open to the public and will be held in the Walsh Science Center Auditorium. Both talks are plenaries and are considered freshman Passport events.
Leming is professor emeritus of sociology, anthrolpology and Asian studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., where he founded the St. Olaf College Social Research Center.
He’s also been co-director of a study abroad program in Thailand for the past 16 years.
Leming and his wife, Ann, were the primary impetus for the development of a $10 million Theater for the Visual and Performing Arts involving children and adults with disabilities, and were awarded Medals of Achievement by the Thai Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
Leming is co-author (with George E. Dickinson) of “Understanding Families: Diversity, Continuity, and Change” and “Understanding Dying, Death and Bereavement.”
The talks are sponsored by SBU’s Disability Committee and Diversity Action Committee.
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