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Union Town and Gown series to address death and dying

The next Town and Gown series at Union will address death and dying.
The next Town and Gown series at Union will address death and dying.

JACKSON, Tenn.Aug. 27, 2013 – Death and dying will be the topic for the next Town and Gown series at Union University on Thursday evenings from Sept. 5-Oct. 3.

The Town and Gown series is an opportunity for community members interested in various topics to attend lectures and participate in discussions in a classroom setting. The classes are free and open to the public.

“Death is the most certain of events a person will ever face; everyone is going to die,” said C. Ben Mitchell, Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy at Union. “Yet most people don’t want to talk about it. The result is that we no longer know how to die well.” Mitchell said the Town and Gown class would “mine the rich veins of the Christian tradition to resurrect its wisdom about death and dying.”

Speakers for the series will include professionals such as physicians, nurses, morticians, ethicists, philosophers, theologians and musicians.

The schedule for the series is:

-- Sept. 5, 6 p.m.: Course introduction with Mitchell and Justin Barnard, associate professor of philosophy; 6:30 p.m.: “The Ars Moriendi in Literature,” with Scott Huelin, director of Union’s Honors Community; 8 p.m.: “Music in Death and Dying,” with Chris Matthews, associate professor of music.

-- Sept. 12, 6 p.m.: “Theology/Philosophy and Death,” with Barnard; 8 p.m.: “Ethics in Death and Dying,” with Mitchell.

-- Sept. 19, 6 p.m.: “Nursing in Death and Dying,” with Patricia Keene, professor of nursing; 8 p.m.: “Legal Issues in Death and Dying,” with Greg Jordan, professor of business law and ethics.

-- Sept. 26, 6 p.m.: “Medical Issues in Death and Dying, with Dr. Clyde E. Smith of Hospice and Palliative Care; 8 p.m.: “Funerals, Cremation, Burial,” with Robert Arrington of Arrington Funeral Home.

-- Oct. 3, 6 p.m.: “Care in Death and Dying,” with LeighAnn Sutton of Hospice of West Tennessee.

All classes meet in Providence Hall room 160. For more information, call Barnard at (731) 661-5963.


Media contact: Mark Kahler, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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