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“Terry Schiavo and Contemporary Myths about Dying”

Professor Rebecca Dresser presented the sixth annual Matthew Vandivier Sims Memorial Lecture on March 1, 2007. Her topic was “Terry Schiavo and Contemporary Myths about Dying,” in which she examined three myths that are impeding progress toward developing a better understanding of death and dying and creating improved public policy in this critical area. Professor Dresser is the Daniel Noyes Kirby Professor of Law and Professor of Ethics in Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a 1973 graduate of Indiana University Bloomington and received her M.S. from IUB in 1975. She received her law degree from Harvard in 1979. She has been a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics since 2002.

The Sims lecture is presented by the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions and the Matthew Vandivier Sims Memorial Lecture Fund in memory of Matthew, who died in infancy.

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