Scientists in Action: The Anthropology of Death

Program Description

Death: everyone eventually experiences it, but not everyone sees or honors it in the same way. Join anthropologist Dr. Erin Baxter as she discusses the fascinating and often inspiring ways human cultures past and present celebrate their dead, preserve (or dismantle) biological material, and ultimately face and embrace death. From exploring Día de los Muertos to sky burials and accidental mummification to ash soup, students will hear about incredible human traditions and learn how scientists can study, but also respect and honor diverse death rites worldwide. Despite the topic at hand, this virtual program with Q&A will be no grave affair. Register today!

Date and Times

Thursday, October 26, 2023
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. Mountain Time.
Created for grades 4-12, but all are welcome.



Recommended for grades 4 – 12, but all are welcome.

Program Length

45 minutes


Participating in this electronic field trip is FREE at this time. 

Equipment requirements

Computer connected to the internet with a webcam, external microphone, and external speakers.

Scientists in Action productions use Zoom videoconferencing software, downloadable at

About Scientists in Action

Scientists in Action is a monthly broadcast series that connects learners everywhere with real scientists where they work, and is driven by audience Q&A. Each event is a live, two-way interactive webcast with multiple schools, organizations, homeschools, pods, and families participating. 

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