Traditional American culture is often portrayed as either death-denying (death is a taboo not to be discussed) or death-defying (life should be prolonged at any cost). Yet diverse religious, philosophical, and cultural traditions present our mortality not as something to be feared or defied, but as a means of learning how to live a full life.
Courtney Campbell, a professor of philosophy at Oregon State University, will consider different traditions—such as Buddhism, indigenous customs, and Mexico’s D.a de los Muertos—in this conversation about the various understandings and metaphors of death and its meaning for life.
Participants will explore these ideas through an interactive format that uses song, video, comic strips, short readings, and other activities.
This program is hosted by Asante and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.
Conversation Leader Profile
Courtney Campbell is the Hundere Chair in Religion and Culture and a professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University. His teaching and research interests focus on ethical issues in medicine, religious ethics, concepts of peace and war, theories of death and dying, and theologies of embodiment. Campbell serves on the board of directors for Benton Hospice and the ethics committee for Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.