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Abrahamic Faiths in a Bioethics Conversation

October 24, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm


Dignity and Healthcare at the End of Life:
Abrahamic Faiths in a Bioethics Conversation

This one-day event is hosted by Bayan Claremont and co-organized by the Initiative on Islam & Medicine within the Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago, and is sponsored by the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID). A range of experts, including medical practitioners, academics, and religious leaders from Muslim, Jewish, and Christian backgrounds, will examine theological, scientific, and legal dimensions of human dignity and of the healthcare practices and debates surrounding end-of-life. Participants will acquire knowledge regarding current thinking at the intersection of religion and care of the dying across the Abrahamic communities, and become better equipped to engage the issues with colleagues, patients, and community members.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Symposium
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Banquet Dinner & Keynote

Claremont School of Theology – Mudd Theatre
1325 N. College Ave., Claremont, CA 91711
(near Foothill Blvd. and Indian Hill Blvd.)

Panel 1: Defining Dignity: Theological Roots of the Concept within the Abrahamic Traditions
Dignity in Christian Thought – Dr. Dan Sulmasy (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
Dignity in Jewish Tradition: Its Role in End-of-Life Care – Rabbi Dr. Barry Kinzbrunner (VITAS Healthcare)
Dignity in the Islamic Tradition – Shaykh Yassir Fazaga (Orange County Islamic Foundation)

Panel 2: Moral and Medical Tensions in an Age of “Medicalized” Care for the Dying
Ars moriendi, the Art of Dying Well – Dr. Lydia Dugdale (Yale School of Medicine)
Lessons from “a Goses” – Dr. Kenneth Prager (Columbia University Medical Center)
Islamic Perspectives on Clinical Intervention at the End-of-Life: We Can but Must We? – Dr. Aasim Padela (University of Chicago School of Medicine)

NETWORKING LUNCHEON (sponsored by UMMA Clinic, Los Angeles)

Panel 3: Religious and Professional Narratives on Being Present and Witnessing the End of Life
Walking the Path through the Wilderness of Grief: A Spiritual Journey – Rabbi Anne Brener (Academy for Jewish Religion, California)
Neural Substrates of Consciousness and Metaphysics of the Soul – Dr. Faisal Qazi (Stroke Center, San Antonio Community Hospital)
Accompanying the Dying: Muslim and Christian Perspectives – Rev. Dr. Patrick J. Ryan (Fordham University)

4:30PM – Closing Remarks by Dr. Aasim Padela

6:30PM – Banquet Dinner at Doubletree Claremont (555 W. Foothill Blvd.)
Keynote Address: Dying with Dignity by Dr. Eba Hathout (Hassan Hathout Legacy Foundation)

CME: Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit provided through the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA). Medical doctors attending this event can obtain up to 9 AMA PRA Category 1 credits. Register at the Physician rate in order to receive CME.

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October 24, 2015
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Claremont School of Theology – Mudd Theatre
1325 N. College Ave
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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