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Beth Sorensen
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beth.sorensen@reed.edu


SOCIOLOGIST JOHN GRIFFITHS TO SPEAK ON EUTHANSIA

John Griffiths, professor of sociology of law at the University of Groningen, Netherlands, will speak on "Euthanasia and Law in the Netherlands" on Monday, November 3, at 4:15 p.m. in the psychology auditorium. The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the political science department and the Elizabeth E. Ducey Lecture Fund. For more information call the events hotline at 503/777-7755.

John Griffiths is the co-author of the forthcoming volume Euthanasia and the Law in the Netherlands (Amsterdam University Press; University of Michigan Press, 1998). He has studied and published on the subject of assisted suicide in the Netherlands, including articles in Modern Law Review and Medical Law International. Griffiths has also held appointments at Yale Law School, the University of Ghana, the University of Leiden, and New York University Law School.

Once a Washington, D.C. staff assistant to Senator Richard Neuberger of Oregon, Elizabeth Ducey had a lifetime interest in socially progressive politics and social issues, as well as a long-time interest in Reed College. Ducey, who went to Smith College as a 1915 graduate of the Catlin Gabel School, lived for 25 years on a Sauvie Island farm. She was active as a conservationist, and gave generous philanthropic support to many local organizations, including Reed's art and music associates, the Portland Art Association, and the Friends of the Columbia River Gorge. In 1953, Ducey established the Ducey Lecture Fund at Reed College with the aim of promoting lectures on national, local, and regional affairs.