September 30, 2013
Tagged: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Social Work, Asian Studies, Department of History, Gender Studies, Adelphi Libraries

Explore the Roots of Fear and Death with Dr. Julia Assante

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Dr. Julia Assante

Dr. Julia Assante

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

About Adelphi University

New York’s Adelphi University is a nationally ranked, doctoral research university where students succeed by gaining the skills, knowledge and exposure to thrive as professionals and active citizens in an interconnected and fast-paced global society. Today, nearly 8,000 students from 38 states and 46 countries pursue degrees in person and online through Adelphi’s eight distinguished schools and programs—the College of Arts and Sciences, the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, the Honors College, the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, the Ruth S. Ammon School of EducationUniversity College, the College of Nursing and Public Health and the School of Social Work. Chartered in 1896, Adelphi is known for offering a personalized education—one is which students are mentored by talented and committed faculty members and readily find opportunities to initiate, innovate, explore and understand. With dynamic learning hubs on Long Island, in Manhattan and in the Hudson Valley, Adelphi serves communities, both regionally and globally, through the research and practice of its faculty, the collaborative initiatives undertaken by its centers and programs, the staging of distinguished cultural events and, most essentially, the education of future leaders and informed citizens.

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