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The Good Death roundtable is a forum that seeks to foster a better relationship with our mortality. Through the exploration of a history of death rituals, an examination of what death looks like presently, and a speculation on our own death and cultural attitudes toward death in the future, we will contemplate death in an effort of preparedness and understanding.
For our inaugural meeting, we welcome Ann Neumann, author of The Good Death:An Exploration of Dying in America, to facilitate a discussion of death and dying in the present. Join us in our conversation on the many legal, cultural, and religious aspects of American death from the late 20th century to now.
Bethany Tabor is a classically trained ballet dancer-turned-writer and researcher who is persistently exploring themes of death and dying in the realm of performance art. She recently earned her Master’s degree in Performance Studies from New York University where she examined the politics of decomposition as it relates to reenactment and reperformance. She is currently the Technology Programs Manager at Pioneer Works.
Toccarra Thomas is a Brooklyn-based video and performance artist and arts programmer. She received a B.A. in Anthropology and Film Studies from Smith College and a M.A. in Media Studies at The New School. A recipient of the Smithsonian Research Training Fellowship (2003) and the Mellon Mays undergraduate Fellowship (2004-2006), she has researched and worked in examining cultural arts practices in various parts of the world, including South Africa. She co-founded and directed the first iteration of The Unmentionables Film Festival (2015) at Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem.