Death Cafe profile for Sharon Pajka

Location: United States

About Sharon Pajka:

Sharon Pajka is a Professor in the Department of English. She holds a Ph.D. in English Education from the University of Virginia.

In 2018, Dr. Pajka completed a graduate degree in Public History at the University of Richmond while developing a course in dark tourism.


On the weekends, you can find her in the cemetery giving history tours, and running River City Cemetarians; or, you can find her in the blogosphere at where she uses “gardening” as a metaphor for living a more gothy life.

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Sharon Pajka's posts on the Death Cafe website

Death Cafe: Death Cafe (ASL users) Washington DC

Posted by Sharon Pajka on May 2, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

With Sharon Pajka

May 8, 2019, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (EST)

Accepts donations

This is the second Death Cafe set up by Gallaudet students. The first was on-campus and private. Classroom space just did not feel right so we have asked the Starbucks ...

Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe DC

Posted by Sharon Pajka on March 19, 2019, 8:46 a.m.

The event was part of my Dark Tourism course. Many of the local Death Cafe events are not language-accessible for ASL users so I hosted the event.

My students made cookies and I brought a cake. Everyone stayed beyond the time and while it took a bit for them to get the discussion started, once it started they did not want to stop.

I always enjoy freshmen/ upper class student-interactions. Two of my freshmen from an earlier class were trying to sneak in when I told them they were invited. They stayed until the end.

Death Cafe: Death Cafe DC

Posted by Sharon Pajka on March 19, 2019, 8:43 a.m.

With Sharon Pajka

March 4, 2019, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (EST)


Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Washington, DC

Posted by Sharon Pajka on May 11, 2017, 10:16 a.m.

With Sharon Pajka

May 19, 2017, 12.00 p.m. - 1.00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time )

No cost