In a past life, or at least it feels that long ago, I was in a new program in Gerontology. It was the seventh year of the then new field of study at the University of Oregon. What I appreciated was the innovative design of the program with professors who were deeply engaged and energized by being a part of creating new curriculum.
One of the most power classes was the one on Death and Dying utilizing Elizabeth Kubler Ross’s work…at that time it was considered cutting edge. Before we could be accepted into the class, we had to have references that spoke to our mental health and ability to explore death. We were then divided up into groups…groups that we stayed in within the larger class. We also had the same small group leader, a professor in the department, for the duration of the term.