Heather Waters, who writes this blog, participated in a symposium cohosted by The New York Institute for the Humanities and The Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University on June 1, 2013 in New York City.
Here is a video. I am up first:
Here are details of the event from NYU’s Institute for the Humanities:
Saturday June 1  –  Tentative Schedule
11:00 am
The families testify:
Some dramatic first-person testimonies
of 60-year-olds and their kids
Nancy Biberman and Heather Waters11:30 am
The Situation on the Ground
A nurse (Elizabeth Capezuti of NYU/NICHE) in conversation
with a doctor (Diane E. Meier of Mt. Sinai/Palliative Care)
{12:30 – 1:30 pm —  Break}

1:30 pm
How doctors think about their own end of life options
Sean Cole reprises his Radiolab podcast short, “The Bitter End,” in which doctors and Jad Abumrad (and his own doctor father) reveal, how by and large, doctors emphatically don’t want any heroic efforts expended on their own behalf, and why.  With Abumrad, Dr. Joseph Gallo (Johns Hopkins), and Dr. Ken Murray (USC)

2:30 pm
A socio/anthropological overview of aging and dying in America
with Sharon R. Kaufman (UCSF) and Martha Holstein (Loyola, Chicago)

4:00 pm
A Modest Proposal (semi tongue-in-cheek): Suspend all medical research
Arthur Caplan, director of NYU Langone’s Division of Medical Ethics, will hazard a Swiftian argument to the effect that all medical research at the National Institutes of Health and elsewhere in the U.S. be suspended (since all such research seems to be doing is endlessly prolonging people’s lives to the point where we get into all these sorts of messes).  Originally billed as a debate, until the representative of the status quo had to bow out, Caplan will happily entertain any hesitations or demurrals from the audience.

{5:30 – 6:30 pm —  Break}

6:30 pm
Monologist Mike Daisey
with the world premiere of a brand new piece

7:30 pm
A consideration of The Good Death,
and a call for thousands of Necessary Conversations

Lawrence Weschler (NYIH) and Samuel Carter (IPK) lead panelists from earlier in the day in a final discussion of the need for and prospects of an urgent national dialogue on Family Planning more broadly understood
{8:45 pm  Conference Ends}

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212.998.2101 or nyih.info@nyu.edu.