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Ceremony and Celebration: Vida y Muerte
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 6:00PM

Sunnylands Center & Gardens
37977 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Between Gerald Ford Drive and Frank Sinatra Drive

As part of the CV Days of Los Muertos partnership Sunnylands and Run with Los Muertos will host a salon discussion exploring the ceremony around death in human cultures. In his book 13 Reasons Why, Jay Asher explores aspects of ceremony from the perspective of high school students after the death of their classmate Hannah Baker. The adaptation of the book into a popular Netflix Series which aired in 2016, introduced a large audience to the new tools of modern technology and how they are contributing to modern interpretations of ceremony. Using the series as an example we will discuss how ceremony has been performed historically by human cultures and how new tools of technology are shaping that ceremony in our modern world. Speakers include: Jennifer Scheper - Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Riverside specializing in the history of religion in Latin America with special consideration for the spiritual lives of Mexican and Mexican-American Catholics. Kristel Laiblin – Producer of “13 Reasons Why.” Alexis Nichols - Liaison to General Council for Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, where her duties include the preservation of cultural ceremonies. Music by Cumbia Machin, an Electro-Cumbia project out of San Diego, CA. Light hors d’oeuvres provided. Guests may arrive at 5:30 p.m., program begins at 6:00 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 7:00 p.m., following the program.