Roshi Joan Halifax, 2019 Bice Lecturer
Roshi Joan Halifax delivers the 2019 Bice Lecture March 13 at the School of Nursing in celebration of the Compassionate Care Initiative's 10th year.

2019 Bice Lecture & Medical Center Hour, with Roshi Joan Halifax, Upaya Zen Center

"Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear & Courage Meet"
Wednesday, March 13, 12-1 PM
Pinn Hall Conference Center Auditorium
free and open to the public
CE credits available

ROSHI JOAN HALIFAX, PhD, is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist and pioneering in the field of end-of-life care. She is founder, abbot, and head teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM, and is best known for sitting at the bedside of terminally ill patients and pioneering a new form of contemplative care, known as the ‘Being With Dying’ project, now in its 17th year.

Halifax first worked with dying cancer patients at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center in the early 1970s with psychiatrist Stanislav Grof, and, since then, has worked with the dying and their families while also teaching health care professionals and others about the psycho-social, ethical and spiritual aspects in the care of the dying.

Halifax earned a PhD in medical anthropology, received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in visual anthropology, was an Honorary Research Fellow in medical ethno-botany at Harvard University, and is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Library of Congress.

A staunch and active environmentalist, Halifax is also founder of the Upaya Prison Project, and is the author of The Fruitful Darkness (Harper Collins, 1993), Being With Dying (Shambhala, 2009), and, most recently, Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear & Courage Meet (Flatiron Books, 2018).


Zula Mae Baber Bice (DIPLO `40) was a UVA nursing professor and dean who was a Navy nurse in the 1940s and led the School from 1961-62, and again from 1964-66. Established in 1975 by the School of Nursing Alumni Association, the annual Bice Lecture features speakers who address pertinent health issues of the day. This year’s Bice Lecture is held in conjunction with the School of Medicine’s Medical Center Hour.


University of Virginia School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. UVA School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. UVA School of Medicine awards 1.0 hour of participation (equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit) to each nonphysician participant who successfully completes this educational activity. UVA School of Medicine maintains a record of participation for 6 years.

UVA School of Nursing Continuing Education is accredited to provide continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. UVA SONCE awards 1.0 contact hour to nurses who participate in this educational activity and complete the post-activity evaluation.