Death Comes for the Archbishop

Living the Book with Liz Friary

“In New Mexico, he always awoke a young man, not until he arose and began to shave did he realize that he was growing older. His first consciousness was a sense of the light dry wind blowing in through the windows, with the fragrance of hot sun and sage-brush and sweet clover; a wind that made one’s body feel light and one’s heart cry ‘To-day, to-day,’ like a child’s.”

― Willa CatherDeath Comes for the Archbishop

In today’s anxious and hectic world, it’s hard to find quiet, and it’s easy to lose touch with our center. The fast pace of our individual lives and tumult of the greater world so often works against our ability to slow down and take care of ourselves. For centuries, New Mexico has been a place of healing, where writers, artists, and everyday people have ventured to find that slower pace and that present moment. In Death Comes for the Archbishop, we will seek that quiet place by exploring Willa Cather’s novel in community and with an exploration of the places where it actually happened. We will venture to many of the specific settings in the novel, walking in the characters’ footsteps as we discuss Cather’s prose, experience New Mexico’s dynamic culture and sweeping landscapes, and focus in on what it means to live an authentic life.

Death Comes for the Archbishop: Living the Book is open to teachers of all disciplines. Even if you are not an English teacher, please come explore an American classic in the beautiful Southwest!

Here is what Liz’s participants have had to say about both her facilitation and her course . . . 

  • “Honestly, I loved it all!”
  • “Liz was excellent on all fronts.”
  • “I enjoyed every part or aspect of the course. The field trips were particularly helpful, but so were the guest speakers.”
  • “Liz is the bomb! She is a great facilitator. Having not written in years, she made the course truly accessible and fun.”

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