Joy and grief will coexist as Americans return to pre-pandemic life – ‘everyday memorials’ will help
The Conversation recently published an article written by David Sloane on the joy and grief many of us will experience as we attempt to return to pre-pandemic life. They did not get to hold hands at the hospital, have mourning hours with visitors and family, or stand above the grave Read more…
Grief and COVID-19
KCRW-FM featured David Sloane of the USC Price School on the complications around not being able to properly grieve during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Grief is an essential part of human life. It’s the way that we deal with the devastation of loss, the final loss, of a person we love.” Read more…
Folding paper cranes sparks global movement to remember COVID-19 victims
Los Angeles Times quoted David Sloane of the USC Price School on how rituals can help people process grief. “Grief is an extraordinarily powerful, debilitating emotion, [a]nd rituals were created to help us survive and to in some ways deal with that emotion.” Full article here
The 1918 Spanish flu: How lessons learned apply to today’s COVID-19 pandemic
ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV featured David Sloane of the USC Price School on lessons from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. About 675,000 people died in the United States during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic and many of those public health lessons can apply to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…
Online Funeral Businesses Take Off Amid Coronavirus
The Wall Street Journal quoted David Sloane of the USC Price School on the rise of online funeral startups. Online [funeral] arrangements “are being normalized quickly,” says David Sloane, professor of urban and community-health planning, policy and history at the University of Southern California and author of “Is the Cemetery Read more…
Commander in Cheat
Does Reilly make the case for using golf as a metaphor for President Trump’s governance?
Listen to the latest episode as host Lisa Schweitzer is joined by Anthony W. Orlando, David Sloane, and Richard Green to discuss Rick Reilly’s Commander in Cheat.
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David Sloane and Deborah Natoli join host Aubrey Hicks in discussion of WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier, Lakota and American.
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Who Fears Death
In today’s episode, we discuss Nnedi Okorafor’s Afrofuturist novel Who Fears Death.Joining host Aubrey Hicks for this discussion are Marisa Turesky and David Sloane.
Joining host Aubrey Hicks for this discussion are Marisa Turesky and David Sloane.
Digging Into ‘Recomposition’….Composting of Human Remains
KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk” interviewed David Sloane of the USC Price School about a new law in Washington state that will allow the composting of human remains. Would you be willing to consider recomposition as an alternative to more traditional methods if it were ever approved in California? How close is California to Read more…
Disruption comes for death
Vox quoted David Sloane of the USC Price School about environmentally-friendly and more cost-effective funeral options. “Cremation is now the normal way to take care of a death for millions of Americans,” says Dr. David Sloane, a professor of urban planning, policy, and history at the University of Southern California and author of Is the Read more…
An Unkindness of Ghosts
This month, host Lisa Schweitzer is joined by David Sloane, Denise McIver, and Aubrey Hicks to discuss An Unkindness of Ghosts, by Rivers Solomon. We talk about slave allegories, generation ships, spatial hierarchies, gender, autism … so much to talk about with this debut novel from Solomon.
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Washington State Weighs New Option After Death: Human Composting
The New York Times quoted David Sloane of the USC Price School about the viability of legalized human composting. “It’s this interesting combination of environmental sensibility and individual choice,” David C. Sloane, a professor of public policy at the University of Southern California, said of the Northwest region. Now the prospect of legalized Read more…
The Death of Truth
Listen to Bedrosian Bookclub with Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, Jeffery Jenkins, David Sloane, and Aubrey Hicks with the audio player below. This month, Aubrey, Ange-Marie, Jeff, and David discuss the new book from renowned literary critic Michiko Kakutani, The Death of Truth : Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump. Read more…
Using contemporary examples, Kate Manne’s Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny,explores the definitions of misogyny and its contrast with sexism. The book is a philosophical examination of misogyny as the policing of the patriarchal state, serving to punish women who might step out of the assigned giver role. This is not Read more…
This is How it Ends
Eva Dolan’s This is How it Endsis a thriller set in an anti-gentrification activist community in the middle of a rapidly gentrifying London. Dolan tackles the huge issue of gentrification through the story of two women engaged in the anti-gentrification movement. How do we define ourselves in places? How do Read more…
The End: Death, Cemeteries, and Remembering
by Anthony Orlando Though we are sad to bid farewell to “Our American Discourse,” we welcome the opportunity to talk about farewells—indeed, the hardest farewells of all: those that happen after death. How do we say goodbye to the past? And what does our farewell mean for the lives gone before Read more…
Is the cemetery dead? Sloane examines new trends in ‘planning for death’
Inspired by his forthcoming book Is the Cemetery Dead?, Sloane was the featured speaker for the March 12 USC Price Conversation in New York, addressing Price alumni and current students, as well as SEO Scholars from local high schools. He gave a poignant, personal talk that encompassed changing American attitudes about cremation to how to support friends who are grieving.