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Wright to kick off UA series on immortality

J. Edward Wright
J. Edward Wright

J. Edward Wright, director of the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona, will give the first of five lectures in a Downtown Lecture Series on immortality offered by the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Wright will speak Oct. 14 on “The Histories and Mysteries of Heaven.” He will examine how images of heaven arose and evolved and what these images reveal about people’s fears and hopes. He will also explore new images of the afterlife emerging from recent advances in technology and science.

The series will be held at 6:30 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays at the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. It continues with “Love and Death in the Stone Age” with Mary Stiner, professor of anthropology; “The Dark Immortality of the Vampire” with Jerrold Hogle, professor of English; “Two Ancient Philosophers on Why Death is No Evil” with Rachana Kamtekar, associate professor of philosophy; and “The Elusive Self in Life and Death” with Shaun Nichols, professor of philosophy.

Seating is first-come, first-served. Attendees may pick up free tickets in advance (up to four tickets per person) at the Fox ticket booth beginning at 4 p.m. on the day of the lecture.

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