DATE/TIME: December 5, 2013 6-8:30 p.m. (reception with refreshments begins 5:30)
PLACE: Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall, UCSF Mission Bay Campus, 600 16th St, San Francisco
EVENT: Poetry and the End of Life
The end of a life is not solitary: it is our shared fate, a through-passing universally experienced, witnessed, and attended. This multi-faceted evening will bring together the words and thoughts of poets, caregivers, physicians, medical educators, and hospice chaplains. The conversation will illuminate and share some of the ways art makes possible a more enlarged awareness and more intimate embrace of what has been called by novelist Henry James “the distinguished thing,” and by Zen “the Great Matter”— a transition and challenge met and faced from many directions throughout the course of every human existence.
Speakers will include: award-winning poets Jane Hirshfield, current Hellman Visiting Artist UCSF Memory and Aging Center, and Sandra Gilbert, UC Davis Distinguished Professor Emerita; pioneering hospice founder and end of life educator Frank Ostaseski; UCSF physician Dr. Mary De May; Dr. Steven Pantilat, director of UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center; UCSF Memory and Aging Center director Dr. Bruce Miller; hospice chaplain volunteer Tova Green; Dr. Guy Micco, co-director Program in the Medical Humanities, UC Berkeley School of Public Health; and others.
Improvisational violinist Shira Kammen will perform during the opening reception and over course of evening.