The Debt to the Dead

Tuesday, February 24
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Penthouse (9th floor)
915 East 60th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Free and open to the public.

The Living Mortal Project, supported by the Neubauer Collegium, presented its third collaborative workshop.

The dead lay claims upon us, after they have gone. The third Living Mortal Project workshop asked, what do we feel we owe to the dead? How do we acquit these debts, to what benefit and at what cost to the living? With interdisciplinary perspectives ranging from the economics of funerary spending to the imperatives of grassroots political organizing, this discussion continued the collaborative work of thinking in new and fruitful ways about the problem of mortality. 

Through a series of topical lenses—the language with which we (don’t) talk about death, the images and artifacts we make to hold on to (or let go of?) our dead, the ways we feel indebted to the dead, and finally, the many ways in which we strain toward, not away from, death—the Living Mortal Project workshop series moved to open a democratic and experimental space in which a broad range of voices and experiences meet and work together to ask—and perhaps even begin to answer—provocative questions about our engagement with mortality, as a society and as individuals.

Featuring performances by Kristiana Colón & Keith Warfield, Young Chicago Authors.

Yvonne Gilmore, Disciples Divinity House
Alicia Menendez, Harris School of Public Policy
Jesse Soodalter, Hematology/Oncology
Harlan Thompson, Pioneer Tattoo