Upcoming Public Lectures
Selected Past Lectures and Readings
“The Art of Dying: Medical Aid-in-Dying and the Quest for a Good Death.” Hannah History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Lecture Series, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada: October 30, 2019.
“Science and Sanctity: Biomedicine and Christianity at an Ethiopian Hospital.” Harry Lyman Hooker Distinguished Lecture, Department of Religious Studies, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada: October 29, 2019.
“Placing Baxter in the National Landscape.” Invited panelist, Montana Aid-in-Dying Symposium, Blewett School of Law, University of Montana, Missoula, MT: September 6, 2019.
“The Day I Die: Assisted Dying and the Quest for a Self-Determined Death.” Invited lecture, Bridging the Two Cultures Lecture Series, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA: November 7, 2018.
“What the Dying Teach the Living.” Moderator of panel on end-of-life issues at the BRIC House in Brooklyn, New York City, NY: October 30, 2018.
“Close Looking: Corpse of Man.” Public lecture (with David Sherman) on Hyman Bloom’s painting “Corpse of Man.” Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA: October 24, 2018.
“The Tyranny of Agency: Assisted Dying and the Quest for a Self-Determined Death.” Invited lecture, Culture, Power, Social Change Series, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA: September 27, 2018.
“Medically Assisted Death in Oregon: Building an Ethnographic Project.” Invited lecture, Anthropologists in Action Speaker Series, Department of Anthropology, Portland State University, Portland, OR: May 31, 2018.
“Authorizing Death: Medical Aid-in-Dying and the Morality of Suicide.” Invited lecture, Roundtable Symposium Series, Department of Anthropology, Reed College, Portland, OR: February 26, 2018.
“Anticipating Death: Medical Aid-in-Dying and the Morality of Suicide.” Invited lecture, Current Debates Seminar, Department of Ethnology, University of Leipzig, Germany: December 14, 2017.
“‘Becoming a Burden’: Examining Relational Suffering in Medically-Assisted Dying.” Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association Meeting (chair and co-organizer of panel), Washington D.C.: December 2, 2017.
“Beyond Surgery: Injury, Healing, and Religion at an Ethiopian Hospital.” Book reading, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA: November 2, 2017.
“Injury, Kinship, and Belonging among Ethiopian Fistula Patients.” Invited Lecture, Baraza Lecture Series, Center for African Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL: October 21, 2016.
“At Life’s Door: Studying Death and Dying Anthropologically.” Invited lecture, Death Education and Conversation Series, First Congregational Church, Falmouth, MA: January 10, 2016.
“Prolonging Lives, Extending Bodies: The Politics of Ileal Conduit Surgery in Ethiopia.” Paper presented at Symposium Medicine, Science, and Health in Africa and the African Diaspora, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA: April 6, 2015.
“Moving through Injury: Kinship, Care, and Maternal Health Access in Ethiopia.” Invited lecture, Global and Community Health Curriculum Series, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Boston, MA: March 25, 2015.