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Death and Dying: A Population Health Perspective

Boston University School of Public Health

Tuesday • February 12

Clock Icon 8:30 AM
Money Icon Free
Location Icon Boston University School of Public Health
Hiebert Lounge / 72 East Concord Street
Boston, MA 02118

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Services for deaf and hard-of-hearing people provided.


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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.


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

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 Sharon Begley (@sxbegle), Senior Science Writer, STAT 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 Barbara Moran (COM96) (@MoranWriter), Senior Producing Editor, Environment, WBU 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 (STH’ 07, 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

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

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.

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