What’s Left? Personhood and Dementia

Personhood confernce poster
Thursday, Apr 30, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
United States

The neurosciences, behavioral sciences, and humanities have different ways to approach, if not definitively answer, questions regarding what is it to be a person and whether personhood can be lost because of dementia. This conference brings together scholars and medical professionals to answer questions about what it is to be a person.

Registration for this free conference is now closed.

Thursday, April 30 | Film

A viewing of the film Alive Inside (2014), directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett, followed by a discussion led by Julene Johnson (Institute for Health & Aging, UCSF)

Friday, May 1 | Panel Discussions

Panel 1: Music and Memory

Short concert and discussion with members of Left Coast Ensemble
Respondents: Julene Johnson (Cognitive Neuroscience, Institute for Health & Aging) and Thomas Laqueur (History, UC Berkeley)

Panel 2: Biomedical and Sociological Perspectives

Andrew Kayser (Neurology, UCSF)
Patrick Fox (Sociology, UCSF)
Respondents: Micheal Pope (Director, Alzheimer Services of the East Bay) and Guy Micco (Emeritus, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program; Co-Director, Program for the Medical Humanities)

Panel 3: Portraiture and Personhood

Marilyn McEntyre (Medical Humanities, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program)
John Shapiro (Director, Program in Medical Humanities and Arts in Family Medicine)

Panel 4: Religion and Philosophy

John Perry (Philosophy, Stanford and UC Riverside)
Robert Sharf (Buddhist Studies, UC Berkeley)
Respondent: LaVera Crawley (Palliative Care Chaplain and Physician, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center)

Sponsored by the Program for Medical Humanities.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, & Society, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Part of the 
Thinking the Self Initiative.