Dr. Julia Assante, author, mystic, and scholar of the ancient Near East will discuss “The Ancient Roots of the Fear of Death in Patriarchal Religions” at Adelphi University on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. The program will be held in Swirbul Library, Room 100 located at 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY. The program is free and open to the public.
Dr. Assante’s new book, The Last Frontier: Exploring the Afterlife and Transforming Our Fear of Death, (won the Nautilus Gold Award 2013 in the category of death, dying and grief.) Publisher’s Weekly called it “the most important book on the enigma of death since the groundbreaking work of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.”
A specialist of the ancient Near East, Dr. Assante has a comprehensive knowledge of spiritual, religious and magical practices beginning with the dawn of writing in Egypt and Mesopotamia. She has taught at Columbia University, Bryn Mawr, and the University of Münster (Germany), and is published in many academic journals, and has lectured worldwide. Her breakthroughs in the interpretation of magico-religious rites of the ancient Near East have provoked revisions in the scholarship of antiquity, including biblical studies.
This Asian Studies event is in collaboration with and supported by Swirbul Library, Asian Studies, the History Department, the History Society, Gender Studies and the Student Experience Committee, School of Social Work.
For more information, contact Dr. Cristina Zaccarini, Director of Asian Studies, and go to events.adelphi.edu/events/cultural-events/lectures/
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