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Atul Gawande headlines Sept. 25 event

The public is invited to attend a free viewing party for a televised simulcast presentation featuring renowned surgeon, public health researcher and author Dr. Atul Gawande on Monday, September 25, 2017, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in Schwab Auditorium of the Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th Street.

Being Mortal’s Villages: The Value of Community and Choice as We Grow Older” will be broadcast live from Boston. The event celebrates the 15th anniversary of the founding of Beacon Hill Village and the subsequent aging-in-place village movement it inspired. The conversation is being aired only in communities with organizations that are part of the nationwide Village to Village Network, which includes TRAIL of Johnson County.

TRAIL and the Iowa City-Johnson County Senior Center are co-hosting the Coralville presentation of the simulcast, which will be moderated by Robin Young, host of NPR’s Here & Now. The simulcast will be followed by a brief reception with refreshments.

Although the event is free, registration is encouraged through the calendar page on the TRAIL website or by calling the TRAIL office at (319) 800-9003. Attendees are asked to arrive before 4 p.m. and to park in the lower level of the adjacent parking facility, avoiding the two rows closest to the Library. Parking is free.

The Gawande conversation will feature a discussion on aging, living life with purpose and how to transform the possibilities for the later chapters in everyone’s lives. These are among the concepts explored in Gawande’s best-selling book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. They also are the underlying principles of Beacon Hill Village and other organizations, including TRAIL, that are part of the nationwide Village to Village Network.