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Press Release for Monday, October 24, 2016

UNF Hosts Free ‘Being Mortal’ Screening November 2

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida is hosting a free community screening of the documentary “Being Mortal” at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Student Union Auditorium, Building 58W, Room 2704, on campus. After the screening, audience members can learn ways to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences from a panel of local experts.

“Being Mortal” investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and doctors. At the center of the film is surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande. When his father is diagnosed with cancer, Gawande’s search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest.

The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen, so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored.

Post-screening panelists include Dr. Elizabeth McCullouogh, associate medical director and palliative care specialist at Community Palliative Consultants; Dr. Paul Clark, assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at UNF; and Dr. Jeffrey Harrison, professor and chair of the Department of Public Health at UNF.

For more information about “Being Mortal,” visit The film is adapted from Gawande’s 2014 nationally best-selling book of the same name. More information about the book is at

The event is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.

To reserve a space at the screening, contact Pamela Niemczyk, administrative assistant, at (904) 620-2810 or at

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.