FCASC Announces Joint Program with Nickelodeon Theatre in Columbia
On March 9, 2015, at 5:30 p.m., the theater will show a sensitive and thoughtful documentary about dying and green burial, followed by a panel discussion involving two of our board members.
A Will for the Woods (to see the trailer, click here)
Psychiatrist. Musician. Folk dancer. Clark Wang defies easy categorization. That he should turn a fatal cancer diagnosis into an opportunity to preserve the natural environment in and around his North Carolina home is not altogether surprising. Determined that his last act will be a gift to the planet, a man prepares for his own green burial.
Directors: Amy Browne, Tony Hale, Jeremy Kaplan, and Brian Wilson
The panel for a post-film discussion will include:
Konstantin Pollok is Associate Professor of Philosophy at USC. He holds two doctoral degrees from Marburg University, Germany. His research focuses on early modern philosophy, with an emphasis on moral issues related to Immanuel Kant’s ethics. His current book project, Kant’s Theory of Normativity: Exploring the Space of Reason, is under contract with Cambridge University Press. He was co-organizer of the Three Rivers Conference on “Death: The Reality of an Idea” (USC, Columbia, 2013), as well as the Inaugural Conference of the International Association for the Philosophy of Death and Dying (CSPU, Pomona, 2014).
Wayne M Phillips, FCASC board member, is retired from a 38-year career in medical social work. He holds a B.A. degree in Sociology/Psychology from Indiana State University and a Masters Degree in Social Work fromTulane University. He did clinical social work, and then was District Director of Social Work at the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control. After 17 years in Public Health, he became employed at Palmetto Health hospital system where he worked in both Home Health and Hospice programs for 15 years. His last employment at Hospice Care of Tri County was working with patients and families dealing with end-of-life issues. He is married and has a son, daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren in Iowa.
Gere B. Fulton has been a volunteer with the Funeral Consumers Alliance for more than 35 years, first with the affiliate in Northwest Ohio and, since 2000, with the FCA of South Carolina. He also has served two terms on the FCA National Board of Directors, the last two years of which as president. He currently serves as president of the Board of Directors of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of South Carolina. Fulton has a Ph. D. in Public Health from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law. Upon moving to Columbia, he received an appointment as a Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine at the USC School of Medicine and also served as a member of the core faculty in the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. He has taught courses in law, ethics, and public health and is the lead author of a college textbook, Perspectives on Death and Dying. He also has published widely in newspapers and periodical literature.
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The following information was presented at the annual meeting of the FCASC in October, 2013.