Death and Dying: A Population Health Perspective

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

8:30 a.m.–2:05 p.m.

Death is a universal experience. Yet we seldom discuss it, and even more infrequently do we discuss death at the population level. This symposium aims to change the conversation around death by examining different perspectives at the population level, focusing on where and how people die and how we react to death. Our hope is that by shifting the national conversation on dying, we can elevate our aspirations for living.

Cohosted with Boston University College of Communication, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences Center for the Humanities, Boston University School of Public Health Program for Global Health Storytelling, and the Pulitzer Center.

DYING–STRATEGIES FOR EXERCISING CONTROL


GRIEF–AFTER WE DIE




Agenda

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
OPENING REMARKS

Sandro Galea (@sandrogalea), Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

Jon Sawyer (@pulitzercenter), Executive Director, Pulitzer Center


8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
PART ONE: LIVING-HOW WE THINK ABOUT DEATH

Barbara Ehrenreich (@B_Ehrenreich), Author

Michael Hebb (@deathoverdinner), Food Provocateur and Author

Daniel Sulmasy (@Georgetown), Andre Hellegers Professor of Biomedical Ethics, Georgetown University and Acting Director, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University

Sallie Tisdale (@SallieTisdale), Author and RN, Providence Elderplace

Jamila Michener (@povertyscholar), Assistant Professor, Government, College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University

Moderator: Sharon Begley (@sxbegle), Senior Science Writer, STAT


10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
BREAK

10:30 a.m. – noon
PART TWO: DYINGSTRATEGIES FOR EXERCISING CONTROL

Tracy A. Balboni (@TracyABalboni), Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School; Senior Physician, Radiation Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; and Clinical Director, Supportive and Palliative Radiation Oncology Service, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center

George Annas (@georgejannas), William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor of Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights and Director, Center of Health Law, Policy & Management, Boston University School of Public Health

Amy Appleford (@buhumanities), Associate Professor and Associate Chair Director, Medieval Studies Program, Boston University

Christopher de Bellaigue (@bellaigueC), Author and Journalist

Samuel Harrington (@gapyearsam), Author, Physician

Moderator: Barbara Moran (COM96) (@MoranWriter), Senior Producing Editor, Environment, WBUR


noon – 12:30 p.m.
LUNCH

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
PART THREE: GRIEF–AFTER WE DIE

Christopher J. Gill (@iddocgill), Associate Professor, Global Health, Boston University School of Public Health

Katherine M. Keyes (@epi_kerrykeyes), Associate Professor, Epidemiology, and Co-Director, Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Michael J. Balboni (STH07, STH11)(@HRSatHarvard), Co-Director, Initiative on Health, Religion, and Spirituality, Harvard University and Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Susan L. Mizruchi (@buhumanities), Center Director, Center for the Humanities, Boston University

Moderator: Dianne Gray (@diannebgray), Chief Innovation & Advocacy Officer, Acclivity Health Solutions, and Board Member, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation


2:00 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
CLOSING REMARKS

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