End-of-Life Matters: Cultural Representations through the Entertainment Arts

When: December 12, 2012 (5:00 PM Eastern)
Where: National Academy of Sciences Building (Auditorium) • 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418

Topics Aging, Public Health
Activity: The Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Symposium
Board: HMD Executive Office

The 2012 Rosenthal Lecture will focus on how the language of the entertainment arts informs our cultural understanding of end-of-life care. Through the screening of clips from the film Beginners and television medical dramas, and a live theatrical performance reading from Sophocles’ Philoctetes, the Rosenthal Lecture panelists will explore the various ways the entertainment arts can provide a platform for an engaging and compelling conversation about end-of-life. The panel will approach the conversation through the lens of the patient, the family, the provider, and the community.

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Opening Remarks

Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D.
Institute of Medicine


Neal Baer, M.D.
Executive Producer, CBS Television
Clinical Professor of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California


Jay Clayton, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy
Vanderbilt University

Bryan Doerries
Artistic Director
Outside the Wire

Kathy Foley, M.D.
Professor of Neurology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Medical Director, International Palliative Care Initiative, Open Society Foundation

With Special Guest

Reg E. Cathey
The Wire, Oz, and Law & Order: SVU

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