Town and Gown lectures to address death, dying

By Jake Fain
Staff Writer

Dr. Justin Barnard spoke Sept. 17. Barnard is associate dean for the Institute for Intellectual Discipleship and associate professor of philosophy.

Union’s annual Town and Gown event this month will focus on the perception of approaching and accepting death.

“How we think about and approach death and dying quite possibly defines our understanding of the meaning of life,” said Dr. Justin Barnard, associate professor of philosophy. “A person or culture who doesn’t think about and approach of death and dying properly won’t live well either.”

The sessions began Sept. 10 and will continue through Oct. 8 each Monday night from 6 to 10 p.m. in Providence Hall, room 160.

The Sept. 17 session featured Barnard and Dr. C. Ben Mitchell, Graves professor of moral philosophy.

The Sept. 24 lecture featured Patricia Keene, professor of nursing; Joy Greene, professor of pharmacy practice; and Greg Jordan, professor of business ethics.

The Oct. 1 session will host Dr. Clyde Smith, Hospice and Palliative care; and Robert Arrington of Arrington Funeral Home.

Past Town and Gown weeks have focused on theology with philosophy and death, nursing and pharmacy, and the legal issues in death and dying.

The final Oct. 8 session will be presented by Dr. Rhonda Hudson, professor of social work, and will focus on care in death and dying.

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