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UMN Morris Welcomes Distinguished Visiting Professor Allan Kellehear

Author: 
Trina Vue '20, Communications and Marketing
Publication date: 
September 7, 2018

This fall the University of Minnesota Morris welcomes Distinguishing Visiting Professor in the Liberal Arts Allan Kellehear. Kellehear is an expert in end-of-life care.

Kellehear, a 50th Anniversary Professor of End of Life Care at the University of Bradford in England, will teach a two-credit interdisciplinary course, Perspectives of Death & Dying, this semester.

Kellehear also will give a public lecture, "Mystical Experience@Death: A Politics of Knowledge," on Monday, September 17, at 7 p.m. in Humanities Fine Arts, Recital Hall. A reception will follow.

In his lecture, Kellehear will offer an introduction to the main debates on the meaning of unusual "mystical" experiences near death. While in the last half-century contemporary neuroscience writers have identified near-death experiences, deathbed visions, or visions of the bereaved, as evidence of abnormalities near-death, New Age movements have embraced them as "evidence" of personal survival over death. Kellehear will take a look at what these experiences mean as well as academic research in the field.

Kellehear will deliver a second public lecture on Monday, November 12, at 7 p.m. Imholte Hall 109.

About Kellehear

Kellehear is a 50th Anniversary Professor of End of Life Care at the University of Bradford in England whose research investigates human dying conduct and experiences. He is also the founder of the main practice model for community and civic engagement within the hospice movement.

About the Distinguished Visiting Professorship

The University of Minnesota Morris Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Liberal Arts was established through the generous support of a private donor.