19th Annual Public Conversation: Journey's End

Sunday, November 16, 4 PM
Christian Theological Seminary, Shelton Auditorium

Eavesdrop on a spontaneous conversation surrounding end-of-life issues from the perspective of a caregiver, patient, and physician as they chat together about this inevitable human “journey.” Speakers include Gail Sheehy, author of Passages and Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos Into Confidence; two-time cancer survivor and New York Times No. 1 bestselling author and poet Mark Nepo; and Dr. Timothy E. Quill, Director of the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Palliative Care, University of Rochester School of Medicine. The speakers will discuss multiple dimensions of death and dying, such caregiving, aging, physician-assisted suicide, policy implications, and more, as well as the impacts on individual, family, and community life. A public reception will follow. Kevin Armstrong, CEO of Methodist Hospital Foundation, will moderate the conversation.

The program is made possible with the support of the Walther Program in Palliative Care Research and Education; 
CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions; Christian Theological Seminary; Columbia Club; Goldstein Group Financial Advisory, LLC; Indiana Humanities;  IU Health Division for Values, Ethics, and Pastoral Services; and WFYI; and through a partnership with the Spirit & Place Festival. Call 317-278-3623 or email festival@iupui.edu.


Public Conversationalists

As the bestselling author of 16 books including Passages, Gail Sheehy has rocked the culture and changed the way millions of women and men around the world look at the stages of their lives. In 2010 she took on the most challenging and personal issue in her latest book, Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence. She tells the inspiring story of her own 17-year journey caring for her husband and fills the book with stories of relatable families, along with their most creative strategies. Her new memoir Daring: My Passages will be released in September.

Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for 40 years. A New York Times No. 1 bestselling author, he has published 14 books, recorded eight audio projects, and appeared several times with Oprah Winfrey on her Super Soul Sunday program on OWN TV. As a cancer survivor, Nepo devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages and he often works with healing and medical communities.

Dr. Timothy E. Quill
is a professor of medicine, psychiatry, and medical humanities at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is also the director of the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Palliative Care and a board-certified palliative care consultant. He has published and lectured widely about various aspects of the doctor-patient relationship, with special focus on end-of-life decision making, and is the author of several books on end-of life, including Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case for Palliative Care and Patient Choice, Caring for Patients at the End of Life: Facing an Uncertain Future Together, among others. Quill was the lead physician plaintiff in the New York State legal case challenging the law prohibiting physician-assisted death that was heard in 1997 by the U.S. Supreme Court (Quill v. Vacco).

Public Conversationalists will also be presenters at a two-day symposium on November 17-18, 2014 called Passages and Promises: Innovations in Palliative Care Research Education and Practice, presented by the Mary Margaret Walther Program in Palliative Care Research and Education at the IUPUI Campus Center. For more info and registration, visit www.cancer.iu.edu/walther-symposium.



Special thanks to our sponsors!

  Walther Program in Palliative  
Care Research  and Education


Columbia Club 

Division for Values, Ethics, and Pastoral Services