Thomas W. Laqueur (University of California, Berkeley) "Why we have cared for the dead body -- from the paleolithic to the present and in between” (Cundill Lecture)


Faculty Club Billiard Room of the Faculty Club (3450 McTavish), 3450 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0E5, CA

The McGill Faculty of Arts is pleased to announce the annual Cundill Prize Lecture in History, presented by the acclaimed cultural historian and 2016 prize recipient, Professor Thomas J. Laqueur from the University of California - Berkeley.

 The lecture, entitled "Why We Have Cared for the Dead Body: From the Paleolithic to the Present and in Between", will highlight much of Professor Laqueur's research as presented in his award-winning book, The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains. Drawing from a vast range of sources—from mortuary archaeology, medical tracts, letters, and art through the ages, the book offers a compelling and richly detailed account of how and why the living have cared for the dead, from antiquity to the twentieth century.

 A cocktail reception will follow the lecture at the McGill University Faculty Club.

 This event is free and open to the public; however, RSVPs are encouraged. Please reserve seating by shameem.mooradun [at] (e-mail).