National Collaborative on Humanities & Ethics in Dentistry

The National Collaborative on Humanities and Ethics in Dentistry is sponsored by the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at UTHealth Houston, and University of Rochester Medicine.

Learning objectives for the initiative are:

  • Attendees will learn communication techniques for engaging extremely vulnerable patients at end of life;
  • Gain a novel perspective on psychosocial oncology;
  • Gain insights into humanistic themes that arise at the end of life;
  • Gain valuable perspectives on issues relating to the mouth and to voice with advanced cancer patients; and
  • Participants will see how engagement with food, chemotherapy, and medication management directly impact patients’ quality of life.

The first presentation was “Everything Comes Alive With Cherry Pie: Stories of Life at the End of Life,” on February 13, 2024.


Marcia Brennan, PhD
Carolyn & Fred McManis Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religion and Art History at Rice University

The next presentation will be “Dentists in Film,” on April 29, 2024, at 2:00 pm (CT).