The Role of Choice in Death and Dying in Late Life

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In this symposium, we will discuss the changing attitude towards death and dying in late life, bringing together insights from different disciplines, such as sociology, philosophy, (bio)ethics and thanatology. The question will be raised: what is the impact of the growing emphasis on individual choice regarding death and dying on the way we – as individuals and as a society – live towards the end of life?

We Belong To One Another: Disability and Family Making

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Ableism frames disability as a “family problem,” in which disability is a tragedy for nondisabled family members and a disqualifying factor when disabled people want to build families of their own. But, to the contrary, disability can create new opportunities for flourishing by challenging traditional notions of what family is and should be. In this...

Love and Loss with Amy Bloom

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Bestselling author Amy Bloom‘s world was altered forever when an MRI indicated that her husband Brian had Alzheimer’s disease. Together, led by Brian, Brian and Amy made the decision to travel to Switzerland to access an assisted dying process unavailable in the United States. In this discussion with Hastings Center president Mildred Solomon, Bloom will talk about her new book, In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss,...

Is It Possible to Have Healthy People on a Sick Planet?

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How should we work to address climate change and other planetary threats to human health and survival? Our society is built on a global economy that is extractive and destructive, not only to the planet but to people and societies. What is needed to shift to an economic system that does not externalize harm, given...

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