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The most popular course at Kean College in New Jersey isn't on superheroes or pop psychology and the Simpsons; it's on death. Against expectations, nurse Ruth Bowen's Death Class has a campus-wide reputation and a three-year waiting list. Why would a course on mortality have such appeal among teenage students? For three years, award-winning journalist Erika Hayasaki tracked individual undergraduates to find the answers. What she discovered had nothing to do with morbidity. In fact, Bowen's class trips to funeral homes and cemeteries were only the surface manifestations of human probes that went much deeper. The Death Class shows how one professor steered young people from tormenting situations toward happiness and resolution.