Marcia is senior lecturer in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine. She is author of the book Science on Trial: The Clash of Medical Evidence and the Law in the Breast Implant Case.
Dr. Richard Alpert (Ram Dass) was a ’60s counter-culture icon, author and spiritual teacher. He authored several books including Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing and Dying. You can read more about Ram Dass’s impact in the end-of-life options movement here.
Nancy Neveloff Dubler, LL.B.
Nancy is director of the Bioethics Division at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. Her many published works include Ethics on Call: Taking Charge of Life and Death Choices in Today’s Health Care System.
Olympia is an Academy Award-winning actress and activist for issues including human rights, civil rights and the environment. Memorable roles include her best supporting actress Oscar-winning performance in “Moonstruck” and her portrayal of a mother of an AIDS-afflicted man who seeks aid in dying in “The Event”
Dr. Etzioni is one of the most highly regarded public intellectuals. He authored 24 books including The Spirit of Community. He was professor of sociology at Columbia University for 20 years and taught at Harvard and Berkeley. He was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institute and a senior advisor to the White House. He is the first University Professor at George Washington University, where he is the director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies. He served as president of the American Sociological Association in 1994–95 and has held many other esteemed positions and won myriad awards for his work.
Bruce is a constitutional and international lawyer and legal scholar. He was associate deputy attorney general under President Reagan and served on the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Presidential Signing Statements in 2006. He is a frequent expert guest for the BBC, CNN, MSNBC and NPR.
Judith has captivated millions of readers worldwide with her novels. Her first effort Scruples shot to number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Her most recent work is her memoir Sex and Shopping: Confessions of a Nice Jewish Girl.
Betty is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, author and former correspondent for NBC News. She now contributes reports for PBS’ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. She has written seven books, including her best seller, Last Wish, published in 1985, which deals with the assisted suicide of her terminally ill mother and has led to her long involvement with the aid-in-dying movement.
Rev. Dr. Paul Smith
Rev. Smith is a pastor with the First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, NY. As board chairman of the Ethics Committee at Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital, he worked with Doctors and staff to inform and support regarding difficult patient care decisions. Facing Death, Dr. Smith’s recently published book, chronicles ministering intimately to the dying and their loved ones. Currently, Dr. Smith is executive director of Healthy Families Brooklyn, a foundation dedicated to the improvement of access to health care in underserved communities.
Rev. John Shelby Spong
Rev. Spong is the retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, NJ., and the leading liberal theologian of our time. He has authored several best-selling books challenging the Bible’s teachings on homosexuality, the virgin birth and Christ’s resurrection.
Marilyn is a distinguished professor and co-director of the journalism department at Knox College in Galesburg, IL. Her Pulitzer Prize-nominated book The Good Death: The New American Search to Reshape the End of Life chronicles the lives of 15 terminally ill patients and explores the social, legal and moral issues surrounding death in America. She is the former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today and a contributing writer and editor for New York Magazine among other publications.
Rev. Howard Moody
Rev. Moody, a self-proclaimed “trustful agnostic” presided over the congregation of Judson Memorial Church in the West Village neighborhood of New York City for 35 years. Rev. Moody led a group of peaceful protestors in the March on Washington, helped open a clinic to provide safe, affordable abortions years before Roe v. Wade and created an AIDS task force at Judson.