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Talk: Death and Burial: from Père Lachaise to Highgate.
Tue 22 November 2016, 19:30 – 22:00 GMT
By Dr Seth Gopin
Though Paris is the city of love and romance, it is also the place where the modern traditions of Western death and burial were established.
Dr Gopin's lecture will trace the tradition of mass burial in Parisian church graveyards to the new modern idea of the world's first cemetery, Père Lachaise, in 1804, to Highgate Cemetery in 1839, then seen as the culmination of the ideal of burying in a cemetery.
Dr Seth Gopin is a man of a great many interests and talents. After retiring from his post as lecturer in Art History, and a popular dean of academic affairs at Rutgers University, he worked for the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile as editor of their North American newsletter. He also worked as a background actor in many successful TV shows and films. He was knighted by the French prime minister for his groundbreaking work in popularizing the history of the city of Paris to Americans.
Doors open at 7pm