The following talk was given on April 28, 2018, by new HDS graduate Melissa Lago at the Bilbao International Literature Festival. This year’s theme was, “Return to nature, a literary utopia,” which sought to pay tribute to Henry David Thoreau and to propose a new way of living based on his work. Melissa’s talk was part of a program to celebrate the translation of Terry Tempest Williams’s book Refuge into Spanish.... Read more about What Does It Mean to be Awake?
This talk examines the higher-dimensional time theories of the British aviator and writer John Dunne. Dunne developed a theory of time in which human beings transcended time and space in dreams. His views reverberated throughout popular culture in Europe and America, inspiring writers—including the British broadcaster and novelist J.B. Priestley, H.G. Wells, and Christian writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis—seeking ways of transcending the terrors of the world wars or triumphing over suffering and death.
"We spend a lot of time in denial that we are going to die. With all the choices that we make, how many would we revise and do differently if we were aware that we are mortal?"
That question was posed earlier this fall at the Waking Up to Dying Project's traveling exhibition, held in Somerville, by Greg Epstein, Harvard University Humanist chaplain and executive director of the Humanist Hub. Epstein, MTS '07, is part of a growing movement to bring discussions about dying to the...