Once upon a time, we lived in a dark, damp world where children didn’t attend school, employment disappeared, and city air was poisonous. COVID-19 was an international pandemic of grief –we all know someone whose families struggled to make ends meet, whose jobs changed or disappeared; whose loved ones have lingering health complications; and whose workplaces, homes, and cities became surrounded by death. Even now as we emerge from the quarantined era, an eeriness pervades our old habits and infects our new ones. So much has happened in the past 2 years to unsettle our sense of place and identity. Not only has the pandemic reoriented how we approach our daily lives, but it has also called attention to the impactful role grief has in multiple aspects of life – school, work, family, health, and home. Pandemic or not, where do we go from here?
In this April workshop designed & led by Merlin Student Scholar Fellow Julianna Breit, we’ll offer a framework for acknowledging and understanding grief’s role in our lives through the lens of philosophy. In the process, we’ll explore three basic questions:
“What is grief?”
“What can it do for us?”
And, “How is grief related to self-discovery & self-knowledge?”
While this workshop is not intended to be a “treatment” for grief (in the clinical sense), we do hope that some of the insights gained and questions explored will offer some relief by presenting a philosophical perspective for understanding our lives with grief in them.
“Vain is the word of a philosopher which does not heal any suffering of man.” Epicurus
When & Where
This workshop designed & led by Merlin Student Scholar Fellow Julianna Breit will take place in the Conference Center in Reeder’s Alley on Saturday, April 30th. No prior background in philosophy is required to participate.
Julianna Breit is our 2021-2022 Merlin Student Scholar Fellow. Julianna is our first undergraduate fellow. A junior at Carroll College, she is double-majoring in Biochemistry and Philosophy with minors in Ethics and Value Studies, Neuroscience, and Chemistry. Valuing inquisition, creativity, integration, restoration, and understanding, Julianna strives to unite philosophy and neuroscience.
Her current research interests include Phenomenology of Emotion, Trauma, and Empathy. She is interested in pursuing a holistic perspective of body and mind that will help to inform her understanding of the human experience and her work in the field.
Her fellowship involves a combination of research, writing and philosophy in the community activities. In the first semester of her fellowship, Julianna examined and wrote about the philosophical underpinnings and consequences of grief on the individual as both a philosophical being and community member. Read her work here! She was also a regular participant in our philosophy in the community activities. In her second semester, in addition to continued research and writing, she has been involved in the philosophical critique and analysis of some of our community activities and has designed and will be leading this philosophy workshop in the community (based on her work). Learn more about Julianna here!
Our philosophy workshops are FREE. That said, for those who still have the steady income to do so, we appreciate your your financial support. Donations help to cover workshop leader honorariums, implementation, and resource archiving, and more!You can make a donation by clicking here or on the button above. For those facing more challenging financial circumstances, we ask that you please try to “pay it forward” with acts of kindness for your neighbors and community.