On October 29-30, 2019, Hannig delivered two lectures as part of her appointment as Harry Lyman Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Her first talk, Science and Sanctity, took place in the Department of Religious Studies. She delivered the second talk, The Art of Dying, in the Medical School. More details can be found here.
USA TODAY interviewed Anita Hannig for an article that discusses different cultural expectations around sharing someone’s terminal prognosis. “There’s this idea of ‘filial debt,’ that you owe your mother and father for taking care of you all your life, so when that person gets sick, the family steps up to take care of them,” Hannig says. “These decisions (about health care) then become distributed among the family, and the idea of autonomy gets shifted over to the relatives.” Read the full article here.
Ten years after the landmark Baxter v. Montana decision, the School of Law at the University of Montana convened a symposium on aid-in-dying, featuring the original plaintiffs and one of Baxter’s daughters. Judge Nelson, one of the Montana Supreme Court judges, gave the keynote address.
Cultural Anthropology interviews Hannig on how religion, ethics, and gender dynamics intersect with issues of medical aid-in-dying in the United States. They also talk about some pedagogical strategies for teaching death and dying to college students. Read the full interview here.
Anita Hannig appears on this episode of Flash Forward, a podcast about the future hosted by Rose Eveleth. Check out the episode on Ghostbots here. “Today we travel to a future where dying isn’t the end. What if you could live on as a simulation? A bot that knows everything you’ve ever said, and can pretend to be you?”
On Halloween, Hannig is quoted in this Washington Post article on how a genuine engagement with death and mortality has all but disappeared from our modern iteration of this holiday.
Anita Hannig and George Paul Meiu will be discussing their new books at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on November 2nd from 7-8pm. Free to the public. More info can be found here.
Back in February, on a chilly, windy afternoon in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a group of college students and I stood face-to-face with three ash-covered cremation furnaces at Mount Auburn Cemetery, the oldest garden cemetery in the United States. As we squeezed into the crematory, one of the students asked Joe—the no-nonsense custodian—whether we could peek inside one of the furnaces. “Not right now,” Joe said, shaking his head. “There’s someone in there.”
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