MSU Prof, Local Health Care Panel Professionals Look at Advance Care Planning April 16

“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.”

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Devan Stahl

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