Humanities Iowa Lecture: The Obituary— Yours or Someone Else’s

When: June 15, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: The Senior Center , 28 S Linn St. Iowa City, Iowa 52240

Obituary: a notice of a death, especially in a newspaper, typically including an account of the person’s life and information about the upcoming funeral Seemingly forever, this definition sufficed. Beginning in the 19th century, obits[...]

When:
June 15, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
2018-06-15T14:00:00-05:00
2018-06-15T15:30:00-05:00
Where:
The Senior Center
28 S Linn St. Iowa City
Iowa 52240
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Senior Center
319-356-5220
Humanities Iowa Lecture: The Obituary— Yours or Someone Else’s @ The Senior Center  |  |  |

Obituary: a notice of a death, especially in a
newspaper, typically including an account of the
person’s life and information about the upcoming
funeral
Seemingly forever, this definition sufficed.
Beginning in the 19th century, obits were written
by reporters, providing crucial information
about prominent people and, later, soldiers,
public servants and frontiersmen. By the 20th
century, obits for ordinary people (as well
as the aristocracy) resulted in the commonman
obit. Today, fanned by social media’s
penchant for putting everything on the table,
we have personalized obituaries—a mix of facts,
observations and tidbits. Written by a family
member, friend or even the deceased (obviously
ahead of time), they also gift us with knowledge
of the past, insight on the present and wisdom
for the future. They mirror our times.
We’ll consider the history of the obit, with stellar
examples. We’ll address inclusion of factual
information and life journey, structural concerns
and worthy goals, as well as the still-necessary
guidelines for crafting a fitting obituary. Those
interested are invited to spend an additional 20
minutes jotting down thoughts/considerations to
discuss/share with the rest of the group.
Mary Kay Shanley is the author of ten books,
including Our State Fair, Iowa’s Blue Ribbon Story,
The Memory Box and She Taught Me to Eat
Artichokes, a bestseller. Named an Iowa Author of
the Year, Shanley is an instructor at the University of
Iowa’s Summer Writing Festival and leads multi-day
writing retreats. She is a member of the Iowa Center
for the Book Foundation and occasionally teaches
at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in
Mitchellville.