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Death Studies Reading Group: "The Brightest Thing in the World" with Matthew Goulish

When: Friday, May 13, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Central

Where: Kresge Hall, 1410, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Contact: Mel Keiser   (847) 491-7077

Group: Death Studies Research Group

Co-Sponsor: Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Category: Academic


Join us for our ad hoc reading group, an informal discussion about selected articles, films, and artworks related to death and dying. This month we will read and discuss....

"The Brightest Thing in the World"

This article by Matthew Goulish (School of the Art Institute; Co-founder, Every house has a door) is from his collection, The Brightest Thing on Earth: 3 Lectures from the Institute for Failure (Green Lantern press, 2015). In this essay of associative learning, Goulish intertwines a memoriam for his dear departed friend and colleague George Roeder, with the writings of early-20th-century dying naturalist, W.N.P. Barbellion.

Matthew Goulish will join us to discuss his piece and the process of writing a remembrance.

The reading is available through the registration link below.


This event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend. 

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