Sound & Symbol Lecture Series

"Sing Me to Heaven"

"While I thought I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die." (Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1619)

VWC faculty and guests join Dr. Sandra Billy, CSM Director, in an exploration of music and belief in the world's major religions surrounding death and what comes after, as well as cultural components that form an intrinsic part of our experiences with end-of-life matters.

September 24 - 11 a.m., Fine Arts 9

Dr. Terry LindvallDr. Rajeshwari Kaloji

Dr. Rajeshwari Kaloji, Pediatrician with Tidewater Children's Associates and leader in the Hampton Roads Hindu Community
"The Hindu Perspective: An Endless Cycle"

Dr. Terry Lindvall, C. S. Lewis Endowed Chair in Communication and Christian Thought
"Killing Bambi and Nemo's Mothers:  Death in the Animated Film"


November 19 - 11 a.m., Fine Arts 9

Dr. Lisa Lyon PayneRabbi Rosalin Mandelberg

Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg, Senior Rabbi, Ohef Sholom Temple
"The Jewish Perspective: Meaning in Life and in Death"

Dr. Lisa Lyon Payne, Associate Professor of Communication
"A Brief History of the Obituary: Celebrating, Commemorating and Canonizing Those Who Have Joined the Choir Invisible"

February 25 - 11 a.m., Fine Arts 9

Dr. Kellie HolzerImam Vernon Fareed

Imam Vernon Fareed, Imam of Masjid William Salaam
"The Islamic Perspective: Life after Death"

Dr. Kellie Holzer, Assistant Professor of English
"Victorian Mourning Mementos, from Sentimental Hairwork to Post-Mortem Pholographs"

March 10 - 11 a.m., Fine Arts 9

Dr. Joyce HowellRev. Gregory West

Rev. Gregory West, Chaplain of the College  
"The Christian Perspective: Death and Resurrection"

Dr. Joyce Howell, Professor of Art History   
"Martyrdom, Murder, and Mayhem: The Old Masters and Old Mistresses Picture Death"

April 7 - 11 a.m., Fine Arts 9

Dr. Bryson MortensenDr. Linda Ferguson

Dr. Linda Ferguson, Professor of Management, Business and Economics
"Promoting Perpetuity:  A Look at the Funeral Industry Where All Sales are Final"

Dr. Bryson Mortensen, Assistant Professor of Music 
"Elgar's Death of Gerontius: Death, Judgment and Belief"

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