Buddhist teacher, anthropologist and author
"Engaged Buddhism and Ethics: Practicing Compassion and Fearlessness in an Endangered World"
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Free and open to the public
Biography-Joan Halifax, Ph.D., is a pioneer in the end-of-life care field. She is a Buddhist teacher, anthropologist, and author. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has lectured on the subject of death and dying at many academic institutions, including Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Medical School, Georgetown Medical School, and University of Virginia Medical School, Duke University Medical School, University of Connecticut Medical School, among many others. She received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Visual Anthropology, was an Honorary Research Fellow in Medical Ethnobotany at Harvard University, and was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress.
From 1972-1975, she worked with psychiatrist Stanislav Grof at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center with dying cancer patients. She has continued to work with dying people and their families, and to teach health care professionals and family caregivers the psycho-social, ethical and spiritual aspects of care of the dying. She is Director of the Project on Being with Dying, and Founder and Director of the Upaya Prison Project that develops programs on meditation for prisoners, and the Nomads Clinic that delivers health care to villagers in Nepal. For the past 30 years, she has been active in environmental work.
Her books include: The Human Encounter with Death (with Stanislav Grof); The Fruitful Darkness; Simplicity in the Complex: A Buddhist Life in America; Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Wisdom in the Presence of Death; Being with Dying: Compassionate End-of-Life Care (Professional Training Guide)and Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death, among others. She is a Lindisfarne Fellow and Co-director of the Fellowship and a Mind and Life Institute board member and Fellow.
The Dorsett Fellowship was established in 2001 when the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation, in conjunction with Research Corporation Technologies, made a significant donation in honor of Burt Dorsett ’53, establishing an endowed fund. The purpose of the Dorsett fund is to honor the exemplary business career of Burt Dorsett by bringing practitioners of ethics (business leaders, physicians, engineers, etc.) and/or scholars of ethics to the Dartmouth campus. The Dorsett Fellows (listed below) have provided public lectures, conducted guest lectures in college courses, participated in faculty working groups, and spent time pursuing their own research while on campus.
Norman Daniels, Spring 2013 (Mary B. Saltonstall Professor and Professor of Ethics and Population Health at Harvard School of Public Health)
Anita Allen, Spring 2012 (the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania)
Kenneth Feinberg, Spring 2011 (attorney/author/Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001/Head of BP Claims Fund for 2010 gulf oil spill)
Tracy Kidder, Spring 2010 (Pulitzer Prize winning author)
Michael Beschloss, Fall 2008 (Presidential Historian, award-winning biographer)
Barbara Ehrenreich, Winter 2008 (author/investigative journalist)
Lee Bollinger, Fall 2005 (President of Columbia University)
Marcia Angell, Spring 2005 (Former Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, author)
Temple Grandin, Spring 2004 (animal rights activist, author)
Tom Chappell, Spring 2003 (founder and CEO of Tom’s of Maine)
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