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Physician and Author Lydia Dugdale to Speak on “The Lost Art of Dying”

October 30, 2023

The Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith & Learning, along with Speakers & Artists, is pleased to welcome Dr. Lydia Dugdale, author of The Lost Art of Dying, on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m., in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre.

Dugdale is a preeminent Christian speaker on medicine, medical ethics and the liberal arts. Her book, The Lost Art of Dying, is a reflection on the lost art of remembering that to dust we shall return. 

Dugdale is an internal medicine primary care doctor and medical ethicist. Her first book, Dying in the Twenty-First Century, provides the theoretical grounding for her latest work. 

Arthur C. Brooks, New York Times bestselling author and professor at the Harvard Kennedy School Columbia University, said of Dugdale, “Want a better life? Then think about your death, starting with Lydia Dugdale’s The Lost Art of Dying. Dugdale shows that death should be courageously confronted. In so doing, we not only conquer our fear, but also understand the reason for our lives.”

Dugdale is currently the director of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at Columbia University. Prior to her 2019 move to Columbia, she was associate director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics and founding co-director of the Program for Medicine, Spirituality, and Religion at Yale School of Medicine. 

The discussion is free and open to the public. 

About Whitworth University:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of about 2,500 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. 


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