By CELESTE ORENDAIN
Pima Community College’s Speakers’ Series continues March 5 with a presentation from anthropology faculty member Dianna Repp.
The exhibition, “Ars Moriendi, Ars Vivendi: The Art of Dying, The Art of Living” will examine themes of death and dying across cultures and end-of-life practices unique to specific cultures.
The lecture also ties in to a new anthropology course Pima is offering at West Campus, “Death and Grieving Across Cultures.”
Repp has explored anthropology of religion, art and end-of-life issues for more than two decades.
She has taught anthropology at Pima since 1996 and holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Arizona State University. She is involved in local and national funerary societies, and attended the First International Summit of Funeral Cooperatives in Québec City, Canada.
Repp hopes to broaden the understanding of death by interacting with people of different cultures and studying the beliefs of other religions.
“Another reason why I study death is because it is something that it touches us all,” said Repp.
The yearlong free lecture series by Pima faculty is sponsored by the Provost’s Office and Faculty Senate.
The lecture will be held in the PCC District Office Community Board Room, 4905 E. Broadway Blvd., in Building C at 6 p.m.
The series will feature one more lecture this semester, “Knowing is as Knowing Does,” by Jerry Gill on April 2, and will continue again in the Fall Semester.