Learn @ Lakewood: The Spaces We Set Aside - Cemeteries, Past and Present

Sunday, November 15, 2020 | 4:30 - 6 p.m.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this event!


Join us as we explore the history of death and cemeteries in a lively conversation with University of Minnesota Senior Lecturer Ann M. Tandy.

Death is a paradox: it is both singular, in that every one of us will experience it, and infinite in its variety, in that every culture handles death differently. Lakewood Cemetery sits at the intersection of a variety of important developments in how Western cultures have handled their deceased, particularly in response to the pressures of urban growth. This virtual conversation will go back and forth between the big issues of how we as communities create and maintain particular spaces for the dead and dying, and how we as individuals experience those spaces.

We hope you will come ready to share some of your experiences with death and the rituals surrounding it, with the understanding that our point is not to define a “correct” way to do this; everyone’s experience is unique. You may feel called to share experiences, but we also honor those who choose to simply observe.

About The Instructor

Senior Lecturer Ann M. Tandy teaches British Literature at the University of Minnesota, including a course on death, dead bodies, and grieving in Victorian literature, science and culture. She has a keen interest in death and the traditions surrounding this universal experience.

About The Learn @ Lakewood Series Learn @ Lakewood is a series of events that explore topics associated with death, dying and remembering. These workshops and seminars invite diverse perspectives and shine fresh light on meaningful subjects that haven't always been easy to talk about.

Virtual Experience

This event will take place over Zoom. An email will be sent to all participants prior to the online retreat which will include the materials needed for the experience, as well as the Zoom Link, and rules for entering the retreat. If you do not have video capabilities, a phone number and instructions will be provided for you to call to attend the retreat with audio only.

Lakewood Heritage Foundation

This event is free however we invite you to make a donation to the Lakewood Heritage Foundation. Donations to the Lakewood Heritage Foundation support educational programming and the preservation and restoration of Lakewood’s landscape, art, architecture and public spaces—for the benefit of all.


Call Lakewood at 612-540-5165 or send an email to amandal@lakewoodcemetery.org.

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