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,” HannigContinue reading “The Farewell”
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Aid-in-Dying Symposium in Montana
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.
Interview with Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology interviews Anita 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.
Flash Forward Podcast — Bodies: Ghostbot
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 canContinue reading “Flash Forward Podcast — Bodies: Ghostbot”
How Death Disappeared from Halloween
On Halloween, Anita 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.
Long Before the End Podcast Series
Episode Three: White Noise Dr. Dale Atkins and Prof. Anita Hannig share their thoughts on consumerism, death denial, and death literacy.
Meet the Authors at Porter Square Books
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.
SAPIENS: Death and Dying 101
“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 peekContinue reading “SAPIENS: Death and Dying 101”
New Books Network: Beyond Surgery
Anita Hannig’s first book, Beyond Surgery: Injury, Healing, and Religion at an Ethiopian Hospital (University of Chicago Press, 2017) is an in-depth ethnography of two fistula repair and rehabilitation centers in northern Ethiopia. Focusing on the juxtaposition of culture, religion, and medicine, Hannig turns the heroic narrative of surgery on its head to expose theContinue reading “New Books Network: Beyond Surgery”