Genesee Community College Presents Death: Customs, Traditions and Celebrations from Around the World

BATAVIA, New York – Genesee Community College will continue its commitment to providing students and the local community with cultural awareness events with the panel discussion, Death: Customs, Traditions and Celebrations from Around the World.

BATAVIA, New York – Genesee Community College will continue its commitment to providing students and the local community with cultural awareness events with the panel discussion, Death: Customs, Traditions and Celebrations from Around the World. The panel discussion will take place on Thursday, October 20 at the Batavia campus in the Forum from 12:30-2:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

The topic of death, dying and rituals surrounding the end of life can be difficult for many people to discuss. This panel discussion will introduce customs and traditions surrounding the end of life from a variety of cultures around the world including Ghana, Victorian Death Ways in the United States, Day of the Dead in Mexico and Mimbres Spirit Bowls from Native Americans in the southwestern United States.

Presenters in the panel include Moi Dugan, assistant professor of Ceramics and 3-Dimensional Design; Kathy Kimber, professor of Spanish; Derek Maxfield, instructor of History; and Amy Swanson, adjunct instructor of Human Services.

“Often an uncomfortable subject, death has a variety of meanings and significance in cultures around the world,” Karin Kovach-Allen, dean of Human Communications and Behavior at Genesee said. “We hope that we can share some unique celebrations of death that have shaped the way we experience the passing of life today.”

This event, along with many other cultural awareness events, is developed through the Global Education Committee at Genesee. The Global Education Committee is dedicated to recognizing, embracing, and celebrating the diversity of the human family. Through its varied activities, the Global Education Committee fosters multicultural awareness, understanding and appreciation, and provides opportunities to demonstrate global citizenship.

For further information, please contact Nina Mortellaro at Genesee Community College at 585 343-0055 x 6228 or nimortellaro@genesee.edu .

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