Shudders and Scares

Here at the Levitt Center for University Advancement, we’re preparing for an invasion of zombies, witches, and other scary creatures. With probably a ladybug or Cinderella thrown in for good measure.

Today is the annual UI Foundation/Alumni Association “Trick or Treat” event, when staff members’ children visit the building dressed in their Halloween outfits.

Even without the upcoming costumed figures, Iowa Alumni Magazine staffers are even more preoccupied with ghouls and ghosts than usual for this time of year. You see, we’re working on the December magazine, which will be the publication’s first-ever theme issue. We’ve chosen the theme of Life and Death, and one of our features on the topic of death is particularly intriguing.

With the help of a UI anthropology professor, Senior Associate Editor Kathryn Howe has compiled a round-up of death customs from around the world. It makes for interesting reading, with its explanation of second burials, ghosts, and cannibalism. UIAA members can look out for the article—along with other provocative and moving stories—in December.

Tina Owen

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