Eleanor Clift on Death, Politics and Hope

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Political commentator and author Eleanor Clift will join Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life Director Richard Payne on March 24 for a public conversation on issues surrounding how we die in America.

This event, to be held in Duke Divinity School’s Goodson Chapel, is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will begin at 4 p.m.; lecture and public discussion will follow at 5 p.m.

Clift and Payne will focus especially on the aftermath of the case of Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman with severe brain damage who died in 2005 after a highly public and divisive right-to-die struggle involving courts and the Florida legislature.

Formerly Newsweek’s White House correspondent, Clift also served as a congressional and political correspondent for six years. She is a regular panelist on the syndicated talk show “The McLaughlin Group” and serves as a political analyst for several news outlets.

Clift’s most recent book, “Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Politics” (2008), chronicles the end of her husband’s battle with cancer, which coincided with the Schiavo case. The book alternates between these two stories to provide a commentary on how we deal, or fail to deal, with dying in modern American life.

Sponsors of the event include the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, Duke Divinity School’s Richard A. Goodling Memorial Endowment Fund, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, and the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

For details, contact Bebe Guill, 919-660-3497.