Confronting Mortality:
Faith and Meaning across Cultures

Moderated by Steve Paulson
Executive Producer, To the Best of Our Knowledge.


Jeffrey J. Kripal, PhD
J. Newton Professor of Religious and Philosophical Thought, Rice University

Allan Kellehear, PhD
Professor of Sociology and Community Health, Middlesex University
Author, A Social History of Dying

Lani Leary, PhD
Psychotherapist and Author, No One Has to Die Alone

Steve Paulson, Allan Kellehear, Lani Leary, Jeffrey Kripal

Despite advances in technology and medicine, death itself remains an immutable certainty. Indeed, the acceptance and understanding of our mortality is one of the enduring metaphysical challenges that have confronted human beings from the beginning of time.

How have we sought to cope with the inevitability of our mortality? How do various cultural and social representations of mortality shape and influence the way in which we understand and approach death? To what extent do personal beliefs and convictions about the meaning of life or the notion of an afterlife impact how we perceive and experience the process of death and dying? Psychologist Lani Leary, historian of religions Jeffrey J. Kripal, and sociologist Allan Kellehear come together to share a multicultural perspective on death, dying, and what lies beyond.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Reception to Follow
The New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor
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This event is part of the Rethinking Mortality: Exploring the Boundaries between Life and Death series, which brings together leading experts to discuss this new frontier at the intersection of life and death, and its potential implications for how we approach and understand our mortality from scientific, ethical, and spiritual perspectives.
Rethinking Mortality: The Emerging Science of Consciousness