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Welcome to SymBozium

SymBozium is a forum for civil discourse presented by the Bozeman Public Library. At this divisive time in our world the need to consider and understand diverse perspectives is critical, especially within our community. This free participatory event series will feature current topics and keynote speakers representing varied points of view. Join us for principled, productive, and respectful conversations. Let’s discuss.

We are pleased to announce that SymBozium has won the national Baker & Taylor award from United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. This award is given to innovative community programs spearheaded and/or funded by library foundations.

Our Next Topic:

The Ethics of Death and Dying

Thursday, April 9th
7:00 pm
The Ellen Theater

Death. No one wants to talk about it. But this is changing. Join a thoughtful conversation about dying in modern America. Now, more than ever before, medicine has the technological tools to prolong life, but is this always desirable? Our panelists explore the ethical complexities of death. How important are advance care directives? What about physician-assisted death? Should heroic measures be offered to extend a painful existence? What does it mean to have a "good death"?

Please register.  You will not need tickets,we look forward to seeing you!

Guest Speakers:

Lois Shepherd, J.D.

Lois Shepherd is the Peter A. Wallenborn, Jr. and Dolly F. Wallenborn Professor of Biomedical Ethics at the University of Virginia, where she directs the programs in law and medicine at the Center for Health Humanities and Ethics.  She is also a Professor of Public Health Sciences and Professor of Law at the University of Virginia.  She is the co-author of a leading casebook, Bioethics and the Law, now in its fourth edition and the author of If That Ever Happens to Me: Making Life and Death Decisions After Terri Schiavo (2009).  She has appeared on Science Friday and C-SPAN to discuss the Terri Schiavo case.  Professor Shepherd has published numerous articles in law reviews, medical journals, and bioethics journals on law and medicine, including end-of-life decision-making, reproductive medicine, disability, and research ethics.   

Kathryn Tucker, J.D.

Kathryn Tucker is Executive Director of the End of Life Liberty Project with more than two decades of experience moving a multidimensional advocacy agenda forward to protect and expand the rights of the terminally ill. Ms. Tucker served as lead counsel representing patients and physicians in two landmark federal cases decided by the United States Supreme Court, Washington v. Glucksberg and Vacco v. Quill. These cases are widely acknowledged to have prompted nationwide attention to improving care of the dying, and to have established a federal constitutional right to aggressive pain management. She has taught at several leading law schools and is a frequently invited speaker at national conferences of physicians, attorneys, and health policy experts. 

Shalina Lingley, M.D.

Dr. Shalina Lingley recently joined the Bozeman Health Internal Medicine Clinic. Dr. Lingley graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she completed the global and underserved health tracks. She completed both a residency in internal medicine and a geriatric fellowship at the University of Washington. In addition, she was a chief resident at the VA Puget Sound Health Care Center, a UW affiliate hospital. As a geriatrician, Dr. Lingley has an interest in providing holistic, patient-centered care. Dr. Lingley is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. 

Moderated by: Carson Taylor

Carson Taylor served as a Bozeman City Commissioner from 2010-2018.  He was Mayor for two years. From 2002-2010 he was a member of the Bozeman School Board, including two years as the Chair. He began his professional life as an attorney for 25 years. He then worked as an attorney mediator for twenty years. In addition to teaching at MSU and UCLA, he has taught courses in mediation and arbitration across the State of Montana. In retirement, he sits on several community-oriented boards. His mother lives in an Assisted Living Center.  She is 102 years old.

Upcoming Events

Water in the West – Fall 2020, date TBA
The Future of Meat – Fall 2020, date TBA

SymBozium Planning Committee

Tanya Andreasen
Susan Gregory
Kit Heffner
Dawn Hobson
Janay Johnson
Brook Merrow
Lee Selby
Kit Stephenson
Nicholas Wickes