How We Die in America

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.

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 controversial Terri Schiavo “right to die” 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.

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 networks.

The event, to be held in Goodson Chapel at 5 p.m., will be preceded by a reception and book signing at 4 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Sponsors 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 at 919.660.3497.

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