The Good Death Reading & Conversation, February 25, 2016.


Join us to mark the publication of Ann Neumann’s The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America (Beacon Press), with a reading and conversation:

Mark Clatterbuck, professor of religion, Montclair University, and

Shayna Watson, chaplain, Hospice & Community Care and Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Introduction by Malinda Clatterbuck

February 25th, 2016, 7 pm

DogStar Books
401 West Lemon Street, Lancaster, PA  17603
(717) 823-6605

Ann Neumann (nee Lori Ann Harnish), is author of The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America (Beacon, 2016) and a visiting scholar at The Center for Religion and Media at New York University where she is contributing editor for The Revealer. She writes The Revealer’s monthly column, “The Patient Body” about issues at the intersection of religion and medicine. Neumann has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, The Baffler, New York Law Review, Harvard Divinity Bulletin and Guernica magazine (where she is a nonfiction contributing editor). In 2014, she wrote a New York Times op-ed about the fracking pipeline proposed for Lancaster County.
Neumann is a 10th generation Lancastrian, born and raised in the Tucquan Glen in Martic Township. She is a graduate of Penn Manor High School (’87) and Shippensburg University (’91). She lives in New York City but calls Lancaster home.

Mark Clatterbuck is an Associate Professor of Religion at Montclair State University, where he teaches courses on Native American Religions, Religious Experience, and Christian liberation theologies. His forthcoming book from the University of Oklahoma Press explores religious practices among the Apsaalooke (Crow Indian) Nation in Montana, and is titled Crow Jesus: Stories of Indigenous Religious Belonging.

Mark is also deeply involved in environmental and community rights work in Pennsylvania. He recently helped to found two non-profits that educate Lancaster County residents on the dangers associated with the ongoing natural gas boom in the Marcellus Shale region. He lives in the Susquehanna River Hills of southern Lancaster County with his wife and two daughters.

Shayna Watson is a Chaplain Associate with Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Children’s Hospital and a Chaplain with Hospice Community Care of Lancaster, PA. She finds that there is a sacred intersection of justice and spirituality in chaplaincy work, which breathes life into Emotional and Spiritual Justices.
As a current Executive Committee member of the NAACP Lancaster Branch, she continues to be active in community organizations that advocate for and seek to empower traditionally marginalized voices. Shayna currently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for Introduction to Preaching at her alma mater, Lancaster Theological Seminary.

Malinda Harnish Clatterbuck is an educator, community organizer, counselor, and Spiritual Director. She lives with her family in rural southern Lancaster County, where she grew up. Throughout her adult life, she has lived and worked on an Indian Reservation in Montana, worked in Higher Education in Washington DC, served as youth director and counselor at multiple churches, taught High School, College and Pre- School. Her passion for justice and compassion have embodied her work in each of these settings. In the past two years she has become more aware of the injustices surrounding corporate overreach violating the rights of local communities via Williams Partners’ proposal to put a natural gas transmission line through Lancaster County on its way to the eastern seaboard for export. She started a non- profit, and has been working in her community organizing against this exploitation of the land for the sake of corporate profits. In addition, she serves on the board of the Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness (LIPW) as Secretary, on the board of the PA Community Rights Network as Secretary, and on the board of Lancaster Against Pipelines (LAP).  Presently she is also homeschooling one of her two daughters, who is in the seventh grade.