Our annual Community Conversation Series is a three-evening event dedicated to starting the conversation, sharing information and providing the tools needed to begin the process of putting one’s priorities and desires into action. We feature regional and national keynote speakers leading the discussion about end-of-life care and wishes, opening our minds and hearts to talk about death and dying. Past speakers include Roz Chast; Lucy Kalanithi, MD; Ira Byock, MD; Jessica Zitter, MD. All events are free and open to the public.

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This year, from a bird’s eye view to personal introspection, we will explore our differences in community conversations that inform, challenge and inspire.

September 3 Dr. Bill Hoy
Beyond the Casserole
OU-Tulsa Schusterman Learning Center - Founders Hall
William G. Hoy, DMin, FT
Professor of Medical Humanities
Baylor University

When tragedy strikes, many of us are frozen – afraid to say or do the wrong thing. “Thoughts and prayers” can become the auto-response – but what more can we do to help? Reaching out must be informed by sensitivity; in particular, an awareness of others’ perspective and lived experience.  Dr. Bill Hoy, author of Bereavement Groups and the Role of Social Support: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice, will explore unique sociocultural practices around honoring our dead and living through the grief.


September 10Dr. Jabraan Pasha
Know Your Neighbor
OU-Tulsa Schusterman Learning Center - Perkins Auditorium
Jabraan Pasha, MD
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor of Medicine
OU School of Community Medicine, Tulsa

Are there unrecognized barriers to helping a neighbor through trying times of living and dying – health challenges, caregiving, loss and grief? Dr. Jabraan Pasha, “Unlocking Implicit Bias in the Medical Profession” workshop leader, will offer insight and foster discussion on implicit bias and how our purest intentions may go unfulfilled. Dr. Pasha will focus on the importance of opening our eyes and hearts to the idea that unconscious beliefs and attitudes can negatively impact the interactions we have with those suffering and dying. Dr. Pasha will help us reach out in kindness and compassion to the suffering next door.


September 17Dr. Jennifer Clark
Know Yourself – A Personal Perspective on Wellness and Health
OU-Tulsa Schusterman Learning Center - Perkins Auditorium
Jennifer Clark, MD
Healthcare Delivery Scientist
Associate Professor
University of Tulsa Oxley School of Health Sciences

In a medical care system that is centered around sick care, rather than health care, our individual goals, values and preferences can be lost, along with our voice. Can we learn to recognize health as more than the experience of illness? Redefining health as much more than the presence or absence of disease, Dr. Jennifer Clark challenges us to seek vitality; integrating body, mind and spirit as a path to true health and living for what matters most.

2019 Community Conversation Series Flyer
2019 Community Conversation Series Registration