Instructor: Anderson | TR 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM

Join us in breaking the silence and building a more death-literate society.  When Breath Becomes Air: Dying Well (ENGL 3160)  is designed to challenge, enlighten, and transform your understanding of life’s final chapter in a society where death is often shunned and cloaked in silence.

The class offers a unique opportunity to explore the multifaceted nature of death from a holistic perspective. Through engaging discussions, expert guest speakers, and introspective reflection, you’ll delve into topics rarely discussed in academic settings – from the biological underpinnings of the dying process to the diverse cultural, religious, and ethical viewpoints surrounding it.

Questions such as “Is it possible to accept death as a natural part of life?”, “How do other societies approach the end of life?”, and “What does it mean to ‘die well’?” will guide our exploration. You’ll gain insights into palliative care, bioethics, and the legalities that frame the end-of-life experience, all while examining your own beliefs and values around death.