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Underworld Journeys with Mary Dowd (Two Sessions)
Underworld Journeys with Mary Dowd (Two Sessions)

Thu, Mar 28


Virtual Lecture Series

Underworld Journeys with Mary Dowd (Two Sessions)

In this four-part series, Mary Dowd, a physician and student of Medieval art, will embark on a journey into the history of the underworld. Stories of the underworld from Sumeria, Egypt, Greece and Rome will be examined in the first two sessions this Spring with another two sessions coming this Fall.

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Mar 28, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Virtual Lecture Series

About the event

Thursdays, March 28 and April 4 from 7 - 9 pm

(Program will be recorded and sent to registrants)

I have always been fascinated by the many different versions of the underworld in various myths, religions and cultures. I think what draws me to such texts most is how imaginative they are. How elaborately our human imagination works to avoid the ultimate unknown. Whatever our culture or moment in time, we create highly detailed worlds and beings, to fill in the yawning void of what happens to us after death. We do this to comfort ourselves, in a way, that death is not the end. It can also create a final arena where morality and justice prevail, which may be comforting, or not, depending on your beliefs and your version of yourself.

In the first two sessions this Spring, we’ll look at texts from Western and Near Eastern sources, including Gilgamesh, Inanna, Homer and Virgil, as well as various Greek and Roman myths and tales. In the second cycle (in the Fall), we will delve into the underworld myths of medieval Christian, Celtic, Norse, and Welsh legends and romances.

Mary Dowd is a physician who works in detox and at various addiction clinics and sometimes, the county jail. She is married and has four grown children. In graduate school, she did a Master’s degree in Medieval art and literature. Her poems have appeared in various minor and sometimes defunct journals and in the Hippocrates Prize Anthology 2017. In 2018 “The Heroin Diaries” was published by Permanente Press. She has led poetry workshops for the Transformational Language Arts Network at Goddard College and The Examined Life Conference in Iowa. For many years she led a workshop reading and writing poetry with men in long-term treatment for addiction at Milestone Foundation. She arranges poetry events for Poetry at the Library at Merrill Library in Yarmouth. She is a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society.


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