Nov 6, 2007    #150
Contact: Angela Turner

Cockefair Lecture features journalist Eleanor Clift on Oct. 9

Newsweek editor and McLaughlin Group panelist Eleanor Clift will be the keynote speaker at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Cockefair Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007, at 7 p.m. The lecture is co-sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair in Continuing Education and the Center for Practical Bioethics.

The Cockefair Lecture will be held in Pierson Auditorium at UMKC’s University Center, 50th & Rockhill Road, in Kansas City, Mo. The lecture is free, but reservations are required. For tickets, contact the UMKC Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222.

While reporting and commenting on the Terri Schiavo case for Newsweek and the Fox News Channel in 2005, Clift was caring for her dying husband, Tom Brazaitis, who died one day before Schiavo.

Clift will describe how she handled such dual and sometimes competing roles. “As I wrote about and commented on the Schiavo situation, I kept quiet about the end of life process I was overseeing in our home for the person I have been closest to for more than 20 years,” Clift said in an April 1, 2005 tribute to her husband in Newsweek. Clift wrote a book on her experiences, “Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death and Politics,” that will be published in April 2008.

UMKC, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences and urban engagement.


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