Irene Kacandes, Ph.D., is The Dartmouth Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature and an OpEd Project Public Voices Fellow. She is co-author, with Steve Gordon, of Let’s Talk About Death: Asking the Questions that Profoundly Affect How We Live and Die (Prometheus 2015).
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