Harvard prof to speak on end-of-life issues

Arthur J. Dyck will be the Learning in Retirement Program speaker Oct. 22
Arthur J. Dyck, a Harvard Divinity School professor and alumnus of Tabor College, will present ?Preserving Life?s Worth Within the Context of End-of-life Decisions? at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22.

His presentation is part of the ?60+? Learning in Retire?ment Series in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center at Tabor College.

The public is invited to attend.

Dyck is research professor of ethics at Harvard Divinity School, professor emeritus at the Harvard School of Public Health, and director of the Kennedy Interfaculty Program in Medical Ethics at Harvard, in Cambridge, Mass.

He is a leading apologist for Christian ethics in the academic debate over end-of-life issues.

In addition to his speaking engagement, Dyck is returning to Hillsboro to receive the Tabor College Alumni Medallion Award for his lifetime of service to society.

The presentation will occur during homecoming activities on Saturday, Oct. 20.

The author of five books on ethics and co-author of a book on medical ethics, Dyck also has published articles in Harvard Theological Review, The Journal of Religion, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy, Journal of the American Geriatric Society, Psychology Today, and the New England Journal of Medicine.

In his most recent book, a revised version of ?Rethinking Rights and Responsibilities: the Moral Bonds of Community,? Dyck argues for the compatibility of Christian arguments in the modern debate over life and death, which is a minority position among ethicists in academia.

Dyck was born in Saskatoon, Sask., and raised in Ontario. He made the decision to study at Tabor College after hearing its choir perform in his hometown.

After graduating from Tabor in 1953, he earned two master?s degrees from the University of Kansas and a doctorate in religious ethics from Harvard.

Dyck is married to Sylvia A. Wilms, a student at Tabor with the class of 1954. They live in Alton, N.H. The Dycks are active in the local Baptist church and sing in the choir, but think of themselves as Mennonites.

Admission for Learning in Retirement Series is $3 per session or $15 per semester ($28 per couple). Registration and discount cards for lunch in the college cafeteria will be available at the door before the meeting.

For more information, contact the coordinator at 947-3121 or 947-5964.

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