The Art of Dying: CI’s Ars Vivendi Annual Arts Lecture​


  • Christian Wiman, renowned poet and Professor of the Practice of Religion and Literature, Yale Divinity School 
  • Lydia Dugdale, Director of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, Columbia University

Despite death’s inevitability, it is entirely human to possess a strong desire to live. This has enabled human beings to accomplish fantastic feats and beat insurmountable odds. Modern medicine is certainly among one of the greatest of these accomplishments. Diseases that were once catalysts for major epidemics have been forgotten. Even cancer has been somewhat tamed through the development of treatments and preventative measures for many of its forms. While developments such as these are noteworthy, they have also enabled us to push death further and further from our collective consciousness. Before many of the achievements of modern medicine, the care of the sick and dying was the domain of the clergy, family members, and friends. Dying was truly a community affair. 

What is it we want when we can’t stop wanting? And how do we make that hunger productive and vital rather than corrosive and destructive? What are the relationships between art and faith, death and fame, heaven and oblivion. How can we learn to embrace the art of dying well?

WHEN: Wednesday, April 1

TIME: 7:00 – 8:30 PM

WHERE: Cafe 58