Religion, Ethics, and Dying: Controversies and Perspectives—Bio-Ethics Lecture Series

by | Aug 15, 2014 | What’s Happening

Thursday, Sept. 4, 7 pm
Old Dominion University, Chandler Recital Hall

Join Dr. Jonathan Crane and Dr. Gerard Magill for a presentation that sheds light on what patients and families can expect from medicine to support a good death. Medical technology increasingly complicates the dying process, especially challenging religious belief and ethics.

As Jewish and Catholic scholars, Crane and Magill will discuss controversies and perspectives including: withdrawing life-sustaining treatment, palliative care measures, assisted suicide and criteria of death for transplantation of organs and tissues.

Crane is the Raymond F. Schinazi Junior Scholar of Bioethics and Jewish Thought at Emory University’s Center for Ethics in Atlanta. He is an assistant professor in several departments, including medicine and religion. Crane majored in international relations and now holds four graduate degrees, including a master’s degree in international peace studies from University of Notre Dame. Crane is also an ordained rabbi.

Magill holds the Vernon F. Gallagher Chair for the Integration of Science, Theology, Philosophy and Law and is a tenured professor in the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He received his bachelor degrees in philosophy, theology, as well as his Licentiate degree in Moral Theology from the Gregorian University, Rome, Italy. He received his PhD degree in Theology from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

This presentation is a partnership of the Maimonides Society of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Old Dominion University and Bon Secours Virginia Health System.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required at

Additional lectures in the series will be held in January and March 2015. One contact hour of CME and CEU available upon request. Moderator: Dr. Yvette E. Pearson, chair, Old Dominion University, Dept. of Philosophy and Religious Studies.