Science of Grief | March 24 – 26

MSU Science Gallery is hosting a 3 day Science of Grief “Spring into Wellness” program in partnership with the MSU Broad Art Museum and Reimagine organization. Started by MSU Science Gallery’s Community Engagement Manager Natasha T. Miller in 2018, Science of Grief is a series of community conversations that explores multiple forms of grief while featuring scientific research, poetry, art and performance. The program responds to the idea that grief comes at different hours, for different people, and everyone deserves a listening ear.


THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2022 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (EDT)photos of Lauren Russell and Natasha T. Miller

Science of Grief: Poetry Workshop and Reading
This poetry workshop dedicated to individual and community wellbeing kicks off the Science of Grief 2022.

Sometimes the detached language of medical records reduces the patient to a graph, a collection of figures, or a list of symptoms. How can we use poetry to transform the data into the human? In this workshop with Natasha T. Miller and Lauren Russell, Director of the RCAH Center for Poetry, will create new poems from old medical records, in conversation with the exhibition “Kahlo Without Borders” at the MSU Broad Art Museum. Then, there will be an open-mic style reading of the poems created in the workshop. Please bring copies of medical records you are interested in working with, such as an after-visit summary, psychological evaluation, immunization record, lab data, or an imaging report. Registration for this free, online event is required. Register here.

This event is presented in partnership with MSU Museum’s Science Gallery, The Writing Center, the Creative Writing Program and RCAH Center for Poetry at MSU. “Kahlo Without Borders” is on view through Aug. 7, 2022 at the MSU Broad Art Museum.


FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2022 | 6:00 – 9:00 of Dr. Dill

LOCATION: Communication Arts & Science Building, WKAR Studios, 404 Wilson Road, on the campus of Michigan State University
PARKING: 1149 Red Cedar Road, East Lansing, MI


Watch the Livestream Here

A Conversation with Dr. LeConté Dill
Dr. LeConté Dill is an Associate Professor in the Department of African American and African Studies at Michigan State University. In her work as a community-accountable scholar, educator, and poet, she listens to and shows up for urban Black girls and works to rigorously document their experiences of safety, resilience, resistance, and wellness.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. | open to audience members who want to talk about their grief
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Dr. Dill (keynote speaker)
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. | open to audience members who want to talk about their grief


SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2022 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDTphoto of a hand going behind an open pink rose.

Science of Grief with Sundari Malcolm and Bonnie Wheeler
In its fourth year, The Science of Grief wants to help you “Spring into Wellness” with this conversation and meditation session with Sundari Malcolm and Bonnie Wheeler.

The pandemic has taken its toll. As we head into spring, The Science of Grief and Reimagine offer this space to listen, meditate, and shed some of that winter skin. We welcome doula, yoga instructor, and meditation teacher Sundari Malcolm and mental health counselor Bonnie Wheeler for a discussion on grief, loss, wellness, and justice. Following their conversation, Sundari will lead us in a 45-minute meditation.

Sundari Malcolm is the Director of BIPOC Wellbeing and a Host for The Dinner Party At 27, and after 7 years of being her Caregiver, Sundari lost her mother to Breast Cancer. At 31 years old, she lost her father to Brain Cancer. Since then Sundari has dedicated her life to the support of Caregivers and all those managing life after loss. Outside of her work as the Director of BIPOC Wellbeing for TDP, Sundari is a Birth and Death Doula. She is a Yoga and Meditation teacher, having been raised under the teachings of Swami Satchidananda. She is an expat to the island of Curacao and a recent publisher of the book Grief Gems!

Bonnie Wheeler is an Experienced Mental Health Counselor with a master’s degree focused in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. Specialist in supervision, Grief and Loss, and life transitions. Reimagine hosts community-driven experiences that bring creativity, connection, and essential conversation to face adversity, loss, and mortality, and channel the hard parts of life into meaningful action and growth.

Reimagine envisions a world where we can embrace life fully—from this moment through the end—and collectively contribute to a more just and compassionate society. Reimagine experiences encompass arts + entertainment, healthcare + social services, spirituality + religion, and Innovation + design.

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