Notes on Introduction to the Humanities -- Hum A211

William Jamison - Instructor

Lecture 3

Art of the Dead

What do we teach young children about death? Does art help? Do we celebrate life instead of death?

Schubert: Goethe-Lieder / Fischer-Dieskau, Demus, Moore:

Art seems the first stage in depicting the imaginary world.

The death clock: You can use this to see how much time you have left!

Wiki on death: Is this collectively edited explanation close to a consensus on what death means to us?

Is there an afterlife?

The movie scene I played for the class was from: Are we teaching our children with this movie that things are better once we are dead? The wedding feast scene certainly suggests that the dead are the only ones that really know how to live! ("Why go up there when people are dying to get down here?") By the way, the web page for the movie is certainly a modern art form itself and continues the teaching points of the movie.

A very serious issue for us concerns teaching issues concerning death in the class room. Should we try to avoid them? As mentioned in class -- great point! -- tell the child to ask their parents. This may certainly be the best advice if it will work. It should be very clear that students in a public school system are "a captive audience" with no option but to attend but what they are taught is what parents approve. But not all parents approve of all things that can be said about such issues especially since they lead into the following topic:


Religious Art

Transforming ideologies into visible images.



Christian Art

Sistine Chapel:


Mythical Art


 This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin

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