Lecture Series

MSU Professor, Local Health Care Professionals to Discuss Advance Care Planning April 16

Devan Stahl

Devan Stahl

“Ethical Challenges to Advance Care Planning” will be discussed by Devan Stahl, an assistant professor in Michigan State University’s Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in Muskegon Community College’s Stevenson Center Room 1100. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is the final installment of the college’s 2017-18 Lecture Series.

Preceding the lecture and in celebration of National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16, three local health professionals will hold a Q&A to discuss “Strategy on Advance Directives” from 6-7 p.m. in Stevenson Center Room 1100. The event, also free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by Charted Healthcare Planning Coalition.

The panelists are Dr. Aruna Josyula, Geriatric Medicine, Mercy Health; Dr. Gerald Harriman, Hospice & Palliative Care, Harbor Hospice; and Robin Anderson, Palliative Care, Mercy Health.

“End of life planning is essential to a life well lived,” said Andy Wible, MCC philosophy instructor and coordinator of the MCC Lecture Series. “Muskegon Community College is thrilled to partner with Charted to bring Dr. Stahl and an astute local panel of practitioners to campus. Advance care planning allows us to live the lives we want to live and brings us closer as families and as a community.”

Stahl earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia, a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University.

Her research interests focus on clinical ethics, particularly beginning of life and end of life issues. Stahl is author of Imaging and Imagining Illness: Becoming Whole in a Broken Body (Cascade Books, 2018).

Stahl, who was awarded a HARP Production Grant by MSU in 2016, is currently president-elect of the North American Paul Tillich Society, which is dedicated to the study of the thought of Paul Tillich (1886-1965) and the application of his works to other areas of human knowledge. Tillich was a German-born U.S. theologian and philosopher whose discussions of God and faith illuminated and bound together the realms of traditional Christianity and modern culture.

For more information on the MCC Lecture Series, contact Andy Wible at (231) 777-0626.

Recent MCC Lecture Series Topics:

  • “Punishing Disease: HIV and the criminalization of disease” – March 15, 2018 Dr. Trevor Hoppe, assistant professor of sociology at SUNY Albany, and author of Punishing Disease: HIV and the criminalization of sickness
  • Names Writ in Water: Mythology, Symbolism, and the Natural World,” – Oct. 26, 2017 MCC English Instructor Michael Johnson.
  • “Current and Emerging Water Resource Issues Facing the Planet” – Oct. 2, 2017
    Dr. Alan D. Steinman, the  Allen and Helen Hunting Director and Professor at Grand Valley State University’s Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon
  • “Take on Hate: Silence is Not an Option” – Feb. 2, 2017
    Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature and an adviser to the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE
  • “Indian Children in American History” – Nov. 17, 2016
    Matthew Fletcher
  • “Mindfulness: Practice and Benefits” – Oct. 5, 2016
    Dat Pham, PharmD, CDM
  • “Ancient Rome and Human Sacrifice – Jan. 28. 2016
    Dr. Celia Schultz,  University of Michigan faculty member and author/researcher on Roman religion and the history and literature of the Roman Republic
  • “The Importance of Myth: A Panel Discussion” – Oct. 29, 2015
    Andy Wible, Instructor of Philosophy at MCC; Michael Johnson, Instructor of English; Alfredo Hernandez, Instructor of World Religions; and Bill Utrecht, Pastor at First Evangelical Lutheran Church.