REL 101 students create art to memorialize the dead

On February 9, students in a course on "Death, Dying, and End-of-Life Care" participated in a workshop led by visiting German art educator Ute Frank. The students created memorial letters or etchings on translucent weather-resistant sheets to memorialize deceased loved ones. The sheets, which are legible to the blind, will be hung alongside memorials created by young people across Germany in an exhibit being organized by Ms. Frank this November in Munich.

The workshop was organized by Professor Liz Wilson, of the Department of Comparative Religion, for her honors section of Religion 101, "Introduction to the Study of Religion." Several sections of this introductory course are taught each fall and spring by different instructors, each of whom builds their sections of the course around a topic reflecting their areas of specialization. The focus of Dr. Wilson's section, "Death, Dying, and End-of-Life Care," reflects her on-going research on religion and aging. Dr. Wilson is a Research Fellow of Miami's Scripps Gerontology Center, as well as an Altman Scholar for 2016-2017, working with other Miami faculty and students to explore the theme "Medicine and the Humanities."