Good Grief Event

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Festival Opening Ceremony

Date: 2020-05-11

Time: 9:30 am

Duration: 90 mins

Venue: University of Bristol

Ticket Price: 0.00

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Our first session will begin with an opening ceremony in which Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant, Peaches Golding OBE, will officially open the Good Grief Festival. We’ll also welcome the University of Bristol’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Iredale, and will enjoy a recital of songs of loss and mourning by the University Singers.

We will then kick off the Good Grief conference proper with our first two speakers. First, Professor Tony Walter from the University of Bath’s Centre for Death and Society will consider sociological approaches to grief and bereavement. He will explore how the intensely personal feeling of grief can be shaped by society, by culture and by politics.

Second, Dr Becky Millar looks to philosophy. Grief is one of the most distressing, unsettling and puzzling experiences that we can face. How can philosophy aid us in understanding such experiences? Dr Millar will outline some of the key challenges encountered in understanding grief, considering how philosophy can help address them.

Note: this is a free opening event but requires a ticket. Your ticket will cover both the opening ceremony and the two talks that follow as described above.

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Peaches Golding (c) Paul Lippiatt

Peaches Golding OBE