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2016 – 2017

“Advanced End of Life Care: Cautionary Suggestions”

May 10, 2016
Frances Kamm, Ph.D
Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy
Department of Philosophy, Harvard University

"Death and the Poetry of Poete Maudit Tristan Corbiere (1845-1875) in the films of Jean Rollin (1938-2010)"

April 12, 2017
Marceline Block
Doctoral Candidate, Princeton University

“Death and Humor”

March 8, 2017
Marsha Hurst, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University

“From Death to Burial: How Judaism Dignifies the Passage”

February 8, 2017
Rochel Berman
Author of Dignity Beyond Death

“America's Experiment with Execution Methods”

December 14, 2016
Sheldon Solomon, Ph.D.
Ross Professor for Interdisciplinary Studies
Skidmore College

“Courageous Funerals for the Risk Averse: Adventures of a Progressive NYC Funeral Director”

November 9, 2016
Amy Cunningham
Licensed Funeral Director
New York, NY

“Bronx Requiem: A Biography of Woodlawn Cemetery, and those Living and Dead Who Helped Make it the World's Most Remarkable Necropolis”

October 12, 2016
Joseph Dauben, Ph.D.
Department of History, Graduate Center of the City University of New York


2015 – 2016

“Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics and the Struggle for Consciousness”

May 11, 2016
Joseph J. Fins, M.D. M.A.C.P.
The E. William Davis, Jr., M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics
Chief, Division of Medical Ethics and Professor of Medicine
Professor of Medical Ethics in Neurology and Medicine in Psychiatry
Weill Cornell Medical College

Director of Medical Ethics
New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center

Co-Director, CASBI
Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury
Weill Cornell and Rockefeller University

Solomon Center Distinguished Scholar in Medicine, Bioethics and the Law
Yale Law School

The History of Woodlawn Cemetery

April 13, 2015
Dr. Joseph Dauben
CUNY Graduate Center

“The Contemporary Obituary”

March 9 2016
Mr. Tim Bullamore
Independent Scholar
Obituary Writer, The London Daily Telegraph

“Death Benefits: How Losing a Parent Can Change an Adult's Life-- for the Better”

February 10, 2016
Jeanne Safer, PhD
Psychotherapist in private practice

“America's Experiment with Execution Methods”

December 9, 2015
Deborah W. Denno, Ph.D., J.D.
Arthur A. McGivney Professor of Law
Founding Director, Neuroscience and Law Center
Fordham University School of Law

“Reframing the Phenomenon of Lynching into Our Consciousness”

November 11, 2015
Rasul A. Mowatt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Recreation, School of Public Health
Bloomington Indiana University

“On Musical Afterlife: the posthumous celebrity of dead musicians”

October 14, 2015
Lisa McCormick, Ph.D.
School of Social and Political Science
University of Edinburgh


2014 – 2015

"On the Impossibility of Obituaries (Case Study: Artist Agnes Martin)"

May 13, 2015
Karen Schiff, MFA/PhD
Adjunct Senior Thesis Director in Design Studies
Boston Architectural College

"Everything Dead is New Again: Rethinking the 'Tech' in Postmortem Technologies"

April 8, 2015
John Troyer, PhD
Centre for Death and Society
University of Bath
Cancelled due to flooding of Faculty House

“Thinking Outside the Box: New Technologies for the Wholesome Dead”

March 11 2015
Philip R. Olson, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Science & Technology in Society
Virginia Tech

“Senior (80+) Cultural Anthropologists Confront Their Own Aging and Mortality”

February 11, 2015
Philip Singer, PhD
Emeritus Professor, Health Behavioral Sciences and Anthropology
School of Health Sciences, Oakland University
Sidney M. Greenfield, PhD
Emeritus Professor, Anthropology
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

“Dead Bodies and the Body-Politic: The Destruction of Cemeteries in Singapore”

December 10, 2014
Ruth E. Toulson, PhD
Andrew Mellon Fellow
University of Pennsylvania

“Palliative Care in the 21st Century”

November 12, 2014
Craig D. Blinderman, MD
Director, Adult Palliative Care Services
Department of Medicine, Columbia University

“The Morbid Anatomy Museum: Art, Anatomy, and that Which Falls Between the Cracks”

October 8, 2014
Joanna Ebenstein
Creative Director
Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn, NY


2013 – 2014

"Where in This World is the Human Soul?"

May 14, 2014
Robert Pollack, PhD
Columbia University Seminars

Working Meeting: Seminar Planning

April 9, 2014

"Death Avoidance: A Social Context"

March 12, 2014
Margaret Souza
Associate Professor
SUNY/Empire State College

"'A Small but Significant Minority': The Rise of the Anti-Right-to-Die Movement"

February 12, 2014
Ann Neumann
Visiting Scholar, Center for Religion and Media at New York University
Contributing Editor, The Revealer and Guernica

"Deprogramming Death"

December 11, 2013
Mark C. Taylor

"What if You Only Had a Year to Live?"

November 13, 2013
Rhonda Sternberg, PhD
Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice
Adjunct Assistant Professor, graduate programs of Mental Health Counseling and Forensic Psychology
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

"The Psychological Integration of Death Into Life"

October 9, 2013
Tom Caffrey, PhD
Clinical Psychiatrist


2012 – 2013

"The Holistic Integration of End-of-Life Experiences"

May 8, 2013
Kei Okada, MDiv, BCC
Spiritual Care Counselor (Chaplain)
Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice and Palliative Care

Working Meeting: Seminar Planning

April 10, 2013

"Culturally Competent Care in an Increasingly Diverse Society"

March 13, 2013
Karen Bullock, PhD, LCSW
Associate Professor and Associate Head, Dept. of Social Work
North Carolina State University

"Assisted dying in legal and illegal environments: Experiences of patients, families and clinicians"

February 13, 2013
Judith K Schwarz, RN, PhD
Clinical Coordinator, Compassion & Choices of New York

"Thinking About Our Changing Journey to the End in 21st Century America"

December 12, 2012
Christina Staudt, PhD
Chair, Columbia University Seminar on Death

"Attachment, Loss and Grief (Cont'd.)"

November 14, 2011
M. Katherine Shear, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia School of Social Work
Director, Center for Complicated Grief

“Attachment, Loss and Grief”

October 10, 2012
M. Katherine Shear, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia School of Social Work
Director, Center for Complicated Grief


2011 – 2012

"Psychodynamics of Physician-Assisted Suicide"

May 9, 2012
Suzanne Garfinkle, M.D., MSc
Director, Mount Sinai Academy for Medicine and the Humanities
Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

"The Death Drive as Conservative Principle, With an Ear Toward Jazz"

April 11, 2012
Daniel Sapen, Ph.D.
Musician and Psychologist in Private Practice

Reshaping Our Journey to the End: Death, Dying, and Bereavement in the 21st Century

Third Austin H. Kutcher Memorial Conference
(Program, Flyer)
March 24, 2012

"Suite française: Sophie Calle’s Room (The Lowell, New York City, October 13-16, 2011)"

March 7, 2012
Marcelline Block
Princeton University

"Mortal Dilemmas: An Experiment in Public Discourse about Death"

February 8, 2012
Donald Joralemon, PhD
Professor of Anthropology, Smith College

"Developments in Palliative Care (Title TBA)"

December 14, 2011
Diane Meier, MD, FACP
Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), New York
Director of the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute
Professor of Geriatrics and Internal Medicine, and
Catherine Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City

"Spiritual Care at the End of Life (Title TBA)"

November 9, 2011
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs, BCC
author of A Clergy Guide to End of Life Issues, (2010)
Adjunct Professor at New York Theological Seminary
Coordinator of the Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care for Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisors and Directors of Pastoral Care

“Personal Memorial Objects in the 21st Century”

October 12, 2011
Angela Riechers, MFA
Art Director and Lecturer, CCNY


2010 – 2011

"The Nexus of Death Rituals: External Exits, Internal Objects, Reparation, and Enduring Bond"

May 11, 2011
Mary D. Laney, PhD

"Use of Expressive Art Therapy for Bereaved Children, Teens and Adults"

April 13, 2011
Dr. Sherry Schachter
Director of Bereavement Services, Calvary Hospital

"Nurshing Home Care Paradox: Ensuring Quality of Life - Fostering Dignity in Death"

Mar 9, 2011
Anthonry J. Lechich, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, New York Medical College

"Re-conceiving Rituals of Remembrance: Urban Spaces of Death, Sanctuary, and Memory"

Feb 9, 2011
Karla Rothstein
Design Director, Latent Productions
Partner, SR+T Architects
Adj. Associate Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture

"The Lack of Grief - A Case Study"

Dec 8, 2010
Thomas Caffrey, PhD

"Wishful Thinking: On the grammar of 'hope' in the language of serious illness"

Nov 10, 2010
Nancy Berlinger, PhD, MDiv
Research Scholar, The Hastings Center
Project Director, Hastings Center Guidelines on End-of-Life Care

"Masculine Experiences of Grief"

Oct 13, 2010
Dr. James P. Maurino
Faculty Mentor, Community and Human Services and Human Development (Psychology)
SUNY - Empire State College


2009 – 2010

"Failed Organs, New Relationships: Whose Kidney is it, Anyway?"

May 12, 2010
Maureen O’Reilly-Landry, Ph.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons

"'Dying at Home' - An Open Discussion"

Apr 14, 2010
Eugenia L. Siegler, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Weill Cornell Medical College

Austin H. Kutscher Memorial Conference: "Unequal Before Death"

March 20, 2010

"Mausolea — The Desire for Entombment Featuring the Extraordinary Private Mausolea of the Woodlawn Cemetery"

Mar 10, 2010
Susan Olsen, Ph.D., Director of Historical Services, The Woodlawn Cemetery
Respondent: Dennis Woolard, Directory of Family Services, The Woodlawn Cemetery

SEMINAR CANCELED due to weather

Feb 10, 2010

"Death, Liminality, and Becoming"

Dec 9, 2010
John Baugher, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Southern Maine

Open Discussion (Conference Planning)

Nov 11, 2009

Open Discussion (Conference Planning)

Oct 14, 2009


2008 – 2009

"Living and Dying: The Human Perspective"

May 13, 2009
Michael K. Bartalos
Co-Chair, Columbia University Seminar on Death

"Posthumous Reputation"

April 8, 2009
Dr. Jack Kamerman
Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Kean University

"I Want to Live Until I Don’t Want to Live Anymore: Involving Children with Life-threatening Illnesses in Medical Decision Making"

Mar 11, 2009
Prof. Myra Bluebond
Professor of Anthropology and Founder of the Center for Children and Childhood Studies at Rutgers University

"Can a Good Death be Achieved in the Modern Medical Technological Era?"

Feb 11, 2009
Nathan Ionascu, MD
Bioethics Consultant, Institute for Ethics, NY Medical College; Westchester End of Life Coalition

"De-Civilization as Response to the Cultures of Death and Societal Trauma in the Second Millennium"

Dec 10, 2008
Margaret A. Yard, PhD, APRN, BC
Professor and Clinical Specialist
Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Psychiatry
Clinical Nurse Specialist: Psychiatry and Mental Health, Geriatrics, Psychoanalysis Supervision and Treatment, Psychotherapy - Analytic and Experential, Group Therapy, Community Health and International Trauma

"'The Culture of Death': Perspective and Politics in Medical Ethics"

Nov 12, 2008
Kevin T. Keith, MA
Independent Scholar

Open Discussion (Conference Planning)

Oct 15, 2008


2007 – 2008

THEME: The Pulse of Death Now

"The Turn Toward the East: Shifting Metaphors in Hospice Care"

May 14, 2008
John Baugher
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Southern Maine

"The Joy of Funerals"

April 11, 2008
Alix Strauss
Author: The Joy of Funerals

Austin H. Kutscher Memorial Conference: "The Pulse of Death Now"

March 29, 2008

Open Discussion

Mar 12, 2008

"Futility, Knowledge, and the Social Orchestration of Death in Botswana's Oncology Ward"

Feb 13, 2008
Julie Livingston, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University

"Dying for One's Country: The Soldier and Sacrificial Death"

Dec 13, 2007
Richard A. Koenigsberg, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for the Study of War, Genocide and Terrorism

Open Discussion

Nov 14, 2007

Open Discussion

Oct 10, 2007


2006 – 2007

THEME: Death and Politics

"Death in the 21st Century"

May 9, 2007
Open Discussion, Planning for March 29, 2008 conference

"Death in Childbirth-Invisible and Avoidable: Can a rights-based public health approach end the scourge of maternal mortality in Africa, Asia, and Latin America?"

Apr 11, 2007
Lynn P. Freedman, JD, MPH
Director, Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program (AMDD), Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

"‘Open Access’ in Hospice, and Its Politics"

Mar 14, 2007
Carolyn Cassin
President and CEO, Continuum Hospice Care

"Probing Palliative Care: An Anthropological Perspective"

Feb 14, 2007
Margaret Souza, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor, SUNY/Empire State College

"Brain Injury & the Unintended Consequences of the Right-to-die Movement"

Dec 13, 2006
Joseph J. Fins, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Chief, Division of Medical Ethics, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Public Health, Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University

"Roadblocks to Autonomy in End of Life Decision"

Nov 8, 2006
David C. Leven
Executive Director Compassion & Choices of New York

"Hypnosis with Dying Cancer Patients"

Oct 12, 2006
Sidney Rosen, M.D.
Formerly: Chief Psychiatrist, Rusk Institute, Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University Medical Center


2005 – 2006

THEME: Death and Politics

"Immortality 2.0"

May 10, 2006
Stephen S. Hall
Author, Merchants of Immortality: Chasing the Dream of Human Life Extension

"Dying in the Age of the Cyborg"

Apr 12, 2006
Dr. Michael K. Bartalos
Author, and Co-Chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Death

"Honoring the Dead in the Realm of Organ Transplantation in America: Some Thoughts on the Overlapping of Medical and Military Memorials"

Mar 8, 2006
Lesley A. Sharp
Associate Professor and Chair, Anthropology, Barnard College, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

"The Politics of Death in a Human Rights Context"

Feb 8, 2006
Dinah PoKempner
General Counsel for Human Rights Watch

"The Media’s Central Role in Terrorism and Counterterrorism"

Dec 14, 2005
Dr. Brigitte L. Nacos
Department of Political Science, Columbia University

"Politics and Palliative Care"

Nov 9, 2005
Dr. Joseph Sacco
Director of the Palliative Medicine Consultation Service, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center
Assistant Professor, Family and Social Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

"Terri Schiavo; introduction of the salient issues surrounding the case; discussion on the politics surrounding the case"

Oct 5, 2005
Rochelle Balter, Ph.D., J.D.


2004 – 2005

THEME: Death in War and Conflict

"Abu Ghraib and the Psychology of Torture. A Debate with Arendt, Milgram, Zimbardo, and the U.S Government"

May 11, 2005
Jerry S. Piven, Ph.D.
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, New School University

Open Discussion (Planning Meeting)

Apr 13, 2005

"Pictures and Power—The Meaning of Images of the Dead and Dying in War and Conflict—An Exploratory Discussion"

Mar 9, 2005
Christina Staudt, Independent Art Historian

"The Struggle for Coherence in Stories of Catastrophe"

Feb 9, 2005
Jessica Wiederhorn
Associate Director, Oral History Research Office, Columbia University

"The Concept of Genocide After Sixty Years"

Dec 8, 2004
Jim Fussell
University of Cincinnati
Executive Director, Prevent Genocide International

"Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror"

Nov 10, 2004
Professor Mia Bloom
Department of Political Science, University of Cincinnati

"The In Extremis Leader"

Oct 13, 2004
Colonel Tom Kolditz, US Army
Professor and Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, United States Military Academy, West Point


2003 – 2004

"Dying and Death in Himalayan Cultures"

May 12, 2004
Robert Desjarlais, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY

"The Denial of Death in the Age of Globalization"

Apr 14, 2004
A Roundtable Discussion

"Mourning and Immortality: Ritual and Psychoanalysis Compared"

Mar 10, 2004
Harriet Lutzky, Universite Paris X, Nanterre

"Loss, Trauma, and Human Resilience: Culture and Identity Continuity"

Feb 11, 2004
George A. Bonnano, Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University

"Spiritual Pain at the End of Life"

Dec 10, 2003
Caterina Mako, Chaplain, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City

"The Afterlife As Mirror of the Self"

Nov 12, 2003
Alan Segal, Professor of Religion, Barnard College

"Perspectives on the Afterlife"

Oct 15, 2003
A Roundtable Discussion


2002 – 2003

"What Fools These Mortals Be: Post-Modern Technology and Pre-Modern Dreams of Eternity"

May 14, 2003
Kevin T. Keith, M.A., Independent Scholar

"Covering (Up) Death: Time Magazine's September 11, 2001 Special Issue"

April 9, 2003
Christina Staudt, Ph.D., Independent Art Historian

"The Denial of Death in a System-Wide Perspective — A Conversation Between and Ethicist and a Patient Advocate"

Mar 12, 2003
Marsha Hurst, Ph.D.
Director, Health Advocacy Graduate Program, Sarah Lawrence College


Alice Herb, J.D., LL.M.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Practice and Humanities in Medicine
Health Science Center at Brooklyn, State University of New York

"Choosing Affirmation: Antiphony to Becker's Denial of Death"

Feb 12, 2003
Michael K. Bartalos, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus
College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University

"Mortality, Salience, Fantasy, and History; with an Addendum on Experimental Studies in Terror Management"

Dec 13, 2002
Jerry Piven, Ph.D., New School University

"Dying with a Small 'd'"

Nov 13, 2002
Thomas Caffrey, Ph.D., Psychologist

"When Denial of Death Undermines Advanced Care Planning"

Oct 9, 2002
Joseph J. Fins, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Associate Professor, Departments of Public Health and Medicine, Weill Medical College, Cornell University
Director of Medical Ethics, New York Presbyterian Hospital


2001 – 2002

May 01, 2002: Working Session VII – Death Seminar Publication Project
Apr 03, 2002: Working Session VI – Death Seminar Publication Project
Mar 06, 2002: Working Session V – Death Seminar Publication Project
Feb 06, 2002: Working Session IV – Death Seminar Publication Project
Dec 05, 2001: Working Session III – Death Seminar Publication Project
Nov 07, 2001: Working Session II – Death Seminar Publication Project
Oct 03, 2001 Working Session I – Death Seminar Publication Project


2000 – 2001

"The Image of Death in Contemporary News Media: Time Magazine in the Year 2000"

May 09, 2001
Christina Staudt, Ph.D.
Independent Art Historian

"Humor and Death: The Reality, the Death Anxiety, and the Death Wish"

April 11, 2001
Joseph Richman, Ph.D.
Psychologist in Private Practice, and
Professor Emeritus
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

"A Guided Tour to End of Life Care"

Mar 14, 2001
Robert C. Cassidy, Ph.D.
Director of Bioethics and Social Policy
Schneider Children's Hospital / LIJMC
New Hyde Park, New York

"Controversies and Trends in End of Life Medical Ethics"

Feb 14, 2001
Kenneth M. Prager, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Chairman, Medical Ethics Committee and
Director of Clinical Ethics
Columbia Division of New York - Presbyterian Medical Center

"Death in the Christian Theology of Hope"

Dec 13, 2000
Daniel Sulmasy, M.D., PH.D.
Sisters of Charity Chair in Ethics
St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center
Professor of Medicine and
Director of the Bioethics Institute
New York Medical College

"Incentives for Permitting Death: Protecting Vulnerable Patients"

Nov 08, 2000
Nancy Neveloff Dubler, L.L.B.
Director, Division of Bioethics
Montefiore Medical Center, and
Professor of Bioethics
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

"Conflicts in Caring at the End of Life: Nurses Perspectives"

Oct 11, 2000
Judith Kennedy Schwarz, R.N., M.S.
Lehman College
(Ph.D. candidate, New York University)


1999 – 2000

"Healing Children's Grief"

May 10, 2000
Grace Hyslop Christ, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Columbia University School of Social Work

"Hyperspace and the Quest for Transcendence"

Apr 5, 2000
Clifford A. Pickover, Ph.D.
Research Staff Member, IBM
Thomas J. Watson Research Center
Yorktown Heights, New York

"Death and Life after Plane Crashes"

Mar 8, 2000
Paul Ofman, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
New York University School of Medicine
Management Consultant, RHR International
Chair of Disaster Mental Health for The American Red Cross in Greater New York City

"Differentiating Grief and Depression: A Clinical Distinction"

Feb 9, 2000
Kenneth R. Cohen, M.D.
Psychiatrist in Private Practice
New York City

"Health Care Decision Making for Gravely Ill Children"

Dec 8, 1999
Alan R. Fleischman, M.D.
Senior Vice President
The New York Academy of Medicine
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Clinical Professor of Epidemiology and Social Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

"Ancient Egyptian Mummification: A Physical and Ritualistic Approach to Life after Death"

Nov 10, 1999
Bob Brier, Ph.D.
Chairman and Professor of Philosophy
C. W. Post Campus
Long Island University

"Zetetics: A Personal Spin on Life and Death"

Oct 13, 1999
Michael K. Bartalos, M.D.
Chair, University Seminar on Death
Columbia University


1998 – 1999

"'The Mechanical Graveyard': Death in the ICU"

May 12, 1999"
Martin Doerfler, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and
Director of Critical Care Medicine
Department of Medicine
New York University School of Medicine and
Chairperson of the Biomedical Ethics Committee
Bellevue Hospital Center

"The Joy of Funerals"

April 14, 1999
Ms. Alix Strauss
Journalist, Producer, Writer, Educator
New York City

"The Spectacle of Death: Sati in Early Colonial India, 1818-1827"

March 10, 1999
Anne B. Waters, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures
Barnard College

"Suicide Prevention on the Front Lines: A Practitioner's Perspective"

February 10, 1999
Thomas A. Caffrey, Ph.D., Psychologist
Director of "Suicide Consultation"
New York City

"Aspects of the Rebirth Theory in Indian Tradition"

December 09, 1998
Professor Alex Wayman
Professor Emeritus of Sanskrit
Columbia University

"The Definition of Death"

November 11, 1998
Kevin T. Keith, M.A.
Bioethicist, Independent Scholar
New York City

"The Beth Israel Bereavement Program: Helping Families To Cope With Perinatal Loss"

October 14, 1998
Karen Goodman, R.N.C., M.A.
Certified Bereavement Counselor
Coordinator of Perinatal Bereavement Program
Beth Israel Medical Center
New York City


1997 – 1998

"New Advances in the Treatment of HIV Infection - 1998"

May 13, 1998
R. Gabriel Torres, M.D.
Director, AIDS Center
St.Vincent Hospital and Medical Center, and
Bentley-Salick Medical Practice, P.C.
New York City

"Beyond the Grave: Cultures of Queens Cemeteries"

Apr 08, 1998
Ilana Harlow, Ph.D.
Folk Arts Program Director
Queens Council on the Arts

"Perils to Existence - Impressions from a Visit to Asia: Environmental Destruction and AIDS"

Mar 11, 1998
Jerry Thomas Nessel, M.D.,
HIV Health Coordinator
Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation
New York City

"Physician Assisted Suicide in the United States - A National Prevalence Study"

Feb 11, 1998
Diane E. Meier, M.D.
Associate Professor
Departments of Geriatrics and Medicine
Mount Sinai School Medicine and
Director, Mount Sinai Palliative Care Initiative

"Pragmatic Reflections on Death and Dying in the Hospital"

Dec 10, 1997
Joseph Fins, M.D.
Director of Medical Ethics
New York Hospital / Cornell Medical Center

"The Terminally Ill: Personal Experiences in Counseling Patients and Their Families"

Nov 12, 1997
Marcia Fishman, M.A., R.N.C.
Grief Counselor in Private Practice
New York City

"Death in America. An Archival Documentary and Chronological History of Illness and Death" (A Video Production)

Oct 08, 1997
Viewing and discussion led by its writer and producer
Stanley B. Burns, M.D.
Director, The Burns Archive
New York City


1996 – 1997

"Navajo Bereavement and Healing"

May 14, 1997
Thomas J. Csordas, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar
Russel Sage Foundation, New York City and
Professor of Anthropology
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio

"The Concept of Death Among the Indians of the Northwest Coast"

Apr. 09, 1997
Allen Wardwell,
Independent Curator
New York City

"Picturing Death: Images and Issues from the French 19th Century Illustrated Press."

Mar. 12, 1997
Christina Staudt
Independent Art Historian
Bronxville, New York

"Infanticide in America: Witch Hunt or Scientific Inquiry?"

Feb. 12, 1997
Margaret G. Spinelli, M.D.,
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and
Director, Maternal Mental Health Program
New York State Psychiatric Institute

"Flesh, Nails, and Bone: Death and Ancestal Memory in a Madagascar Kingdom"

Dec. 11, 1996
Professor Lesley A. Sharp
Department of Anthropology
Barnard College, Columbia University

"The Transsexual Experience - Metaphor for Death and Rebirth"

Nov. 13, 1996
Lieut. Janet Aiello
Police Department
Hoboken, New Jersey

with discussants

Ms. Lisa Cross
Jiovanna Towers

"Assisted Suicide at the Crossroads: The Constitutional and Social Debate"

Oct. 09, 1996
Tracy E. Miller, J.D.
Visiting Scholar, Department of Health Policy, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Executive Director of the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law


1995 – 1996

"Autonomous Dying: Critical Reflections on the Legalization of Physician Assisted Suicide"

May 8, 1996
Mr. Bruce Jennings
Executive Director
The Hastings Center
Briarcliff Manor, New York

"The War on Aids and the Betrayal of Public Health"

Apr 24, 1996
Ms. Helen Mathews Smith
Science Writer, former editor of MD Magazine
New York City

"Dying at Home: Implications for Parents, Family and Significant Others"

Mar 13, 1996
Sherry Schachter, R.N., B.S.N., M.A.
Certified Grief Counselor
Coordinator, Psychiatric Home Care Program
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

"Religious Cults: Salvation, Suicide and Apocalyptic Endings"

Feb 14, 1996
Professor Gillian Lindt
Professor of Religion
Dean, School of General Studies
Columbia University

"The Doctor as Writer"

Dec13, 1995
Richard Selzer, M.D.
Surgeon and Writer
Professor Emeritus of Surgery
Yale University School of Medicine

"Receiving an Organ: Gift or Purchase?"

Nov 8, 1995
Mr. Leo Trevino
Assistant Director of Family Counseling and Consent Services


Mr. Laurence Swasey
Educator and heart transplant recipient
New York Regional Transplant Program, Inc.
New York City

"The Cemetery as Cultural Resource - Virtual Walk Through Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery"

Oct 11, 1995
Mr. John Cashman, Guide and Historian
Green-Wood Cemetery, Sunset Park
Brooklyn, New York


1994 – 1995

"Prevention of Patient Suicide - Medical/Legal Considerations"

May 10, 1995
Robert Walzer, M.D., J.D.
Reiss, Walzer, Vasta & Starks, P.C.
New Canaan, CT

"Preventing Death in the Workplace: Law and Compliance"

Apr 12, 1995
Ilise L. Feitshans, Esq.
Acting Director
Legislative Drafting Research Fund
Columbia University
School of Law

"Comparative Approaches to Rationing Health Care Resources: The U.S., Britain and Canada"

Mar 08, 1995
Mary Ruggie, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Sociology
Columbia University

"'Off the Count': Death Behind Bars"

Feb 08, 1995
Mr. Stephen Donaldson
Stop Prisoner Rape, Inc.
New York City

"Macro- and Micro-Suicidal Events in the Lives of Adolescents in Detention"

Dec 14, 1994
Mr. David Snyder
Associate Psychologist
Spofford Juvenile Detention Center
New York City Department of Juvenile Justice

"'To Be Or Not To Be' - When Society Has the Answer"

Nov 09, 1994
Michael K. Bartalos, M.D.
Division of Medical Genetics
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center

"Living and Dying with Aids - A Psychological Perspective"

Oct 12, 1994
Judith Rabkin, Ph.D.
Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
New York State Psychiatric Institute


1993 – 1994

"The Victim as Perpetrator: Dissociation and Violent Behavior"

May 11, 1994
Stuart B. Kleinman, M.D.
Medical Director of the Criminal Victims Center
Attending Psychiatrist of the Forensic Psychiatry Clinic of the
Manhattan Criminal and Supreme Courts
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

"Adolescents and HIV Infection - The Second Decade"

Apr 13, 1994
Donna Futterman, M.D.
Acting Director
Adolescent AIDS Program
Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, New York

"Charting Death: Progress Toward the End"

Mar 09, 1994
Rita Charon, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Department of Medicine
Columbia University
College of Physicians & Surgeons


"Genetic Approaches to Developmental and Abnormal Cell Death"

Dec 08, 1993
Martin Chalfie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Sherman Fairchild Center for the Life Sciences
Columbia University

"Cognitive - Behavioral Perspective on Bereavement and Bereavement Counseling"

Nov 10, 1993"
Rochelle Balter, Ph.D.
Institute for Rational - Emotive Therapy
New York City

"Aspects of a 'Good Death'"

Oct 13, 1993
Mr. T. Patrick Hill
Director of Education
Choice in Dying
New York City


1992 – 1993

"Separation and Loss: The Preparatory and Recovery Processes in Working with the Developmentally Disabled Population"

May 12, 1993
Vera Halpenny, C.S.W.
Director, Residential Services,
Young Adult Institute, and
Adjunct Professor
Iona College
New Rochelle, New York

"Death in the Works of Michel Foucault"

Apr 14, 1993
James Miller, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
The New School for Social Research
New York City

"From the Nazi Death Camps in Poland (1992) to Guatemala (1993): Being a Witness"

Mar 10, 1993
Jerry T. Nessel, M.D.
Health / HIV Coordinator
Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation, and
Adjunct Professor in Health Care Management
Mercy College

"Death in Different Cultures: Past and Present"

Feb 10, 1993
Michael Bartalos, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University

"Song for the Duke: Memory as a Healing Tool and as a Celebration of Life"

Dec 09, 1992
Barbara Meyers, R.N.
A.D.E.C. Certified Grief Therapist in Private Practice
Staten Island, New York

"Anthropological Findings in Relation to the Youth Suicide Epidemic"

Nov 11, 1992
Ernest Shulman, Ph.D.
City University of New York

"Life, Death, and Contextual Individualism"

Oct 14, 1992
Michael Bartalos, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University


1991 – 1992

"Mourning and After-Care"

May 13, 1992
Rabbi Jacob Goldberg
Adjunct Assistant Professor for Bereavement Counseling
School of Social Work
Yeshiva University
New York City

"Death in America"

Apr 08, 1992
Stanley Burns, M.D.
Creator and Director of the Burns Archives
New York City

"Death in the Literature of Spain"

Mar 11, 1992
Hon. Jose M. Chaves
University Professor, Poet, Journalist
Ambassador to the United Nations


"Death of an Empire"

Hon. Djoumakadyr Atabekov
Ambassador to the United Nations
Democratic Republik of Kyrghyzstan

"Do Not Resuscitate - Issues and Resolution"

Feb 12, 1992
Karol Murov, B.S.N., M.A.
Director of Risk Management
St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center
New York City

"Timing of Death Around Religious Holidays"

Dec 11, 1991
Ellen L. Idler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Rutgers University

"Two Decades of Death Education/Suicide Prevention in Schools: What Has Been Accomplished? What Still Remains To Be Done?"

Nov 13, 1991
Robert G. Stevenson, Ed.D.
Educator, River Dell Regional Schools
Oradell, New Jersey

"Bereavement Damage Control: Now and Later"

Oct 09, 1991
Daniel Schaefer
Funeral Home Director, Author
Brooklyn, New York


1990 – 1991

"The Holocaust in Education"

May 08, 1991
Mr. Gerome Ranieri
Member, the Governor's Committee on the Holocaust (in New Jersey)
Chairman, Social Studies Department
River Dell Regional Schools
Oradell, New Jersey

"The View of Death and Life in the Art of Meso-America"

Apr 10, 1991
Esther Pasztory, Ph.D.
Professor of Art and Archeology
Columbia University

"The Patient Self-Determination Act"

Mar 13, 1991
Mr. Patrick Hill
Director of Education
Society for the Right to Die
New York City

"An Interdisciplinary Conceptual Framework and Taxonomy of Thanatological Perspectives"

Feb 13, 1991
O. Roger Anderson, Ph.D.
Professor of Natural Sciences
Columbia University

"Spirituality and Health"

Dec 12, 1990
Meeta Goswani, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Director, Narcolepsy Project
Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center

"The Issue of AIDS: The Infected and Affected"

Nov 14, 1990
Mr. Harold Klinsky
Educational Consultant
New Jersey Bodies
Mahwah, New Jersey

"Death Before Birth"

Oct 10, 1990
Dorothy Warburton, Ph.D.
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in Human Genetics and Development
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons