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Goodman To Present NINR Lecture, Sept. 13

Ellen Goodman

Ellen Goodman

Photo: The Conversation Project

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, Ellen Goodman will present the 2016 NINR Science and the Public Lecture from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. In her talk “The Most Important Conversation We’re Not Having,” she will describe the Conversation Project, a public health campaign and movement that works to change the way people talk about and prepare for their end-of-life care. 

Goodman has spent most of her life chronicling social change and its impact on American life. She was one of the first women to write for the op-ed pages where she became, according to Media Watch, the most widely syndicated progressive columnist in the country. In 1980, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary. In 2012, Goodman founded the Conversation Project, which is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. The project has the goal of changing our nation’s culture so that everyone’s wishes for end-of-life care are both expressed and respected.

The Science and the Public Lecture is the first in a series designed to highlight issues of relevance to the broader public. There will be a reception following the lecture, made possible by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. For more information and to register, visit

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