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November 30 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EST
Toni Morrison Hall (Multipurpose Room)
Veritas Forum brings you:
A physician and a classicist share ancient wisdom for students today
November 30th, 2023
7:30pm to 9pm ET
Toni Morrison Hall, Multipurpose Room
or remotely via Zoom
Food and Insomnia Cookies Provided!
*Space is limited, registration required*
Cornell culture valorizes a can-do spirit training students into planning, problem solving, and thinking strategically about their life. But the same approach that works well in securing internships and forging 10 year career plans falls short in dealing with the inevitable unexpected storms that life throws at us, the kind of storms that one cannot problem-solve or work harder to get out of. Yet virtually every ancient wisdom tradition thought that one could prepare oneself for those types of storms by taking on a different mindset. We’ll hear tonight from experts in two of these traditions and how they help build your capacity to face life-scale upheaval in the future (or right now).
Lydia Dugdale, MD, MAR, is Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. She also serves as Co-Director of Clinical Ethics at Columbia’s NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. A practicing internist, her scholarship focuses on end-of-life issues, the role of aesthetics in teaching ethics, moral injury, and the doctor-patient relationship. She edited Dying in the Twenty-First Century (MIT Press, 2015) and is author of The Lost Art of Dying (HarperOne, 2020), a popular press book on the preparation for death. Dugdale attended medical school at the University of Chicago, completed residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and holds a MAR in ethics from Yale Divinity School.
I’m a Latinist with broad interests in Ancient Rome, the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Enlightenment. In recent years I held a variety of leadership roles in Cornell’s central administration. My latest work is a book on breakups and another on addiction and bullying, both for Princeton University Press. Previous books covered wine, swine, grief, mind, and a good laugh. Next up, free speech through the ages, with projects on Plato, Plutarch, Lucian, and the Enlightenment. Oh, and I was also recently parodied on Saturday Night Live (really! see it here.)
At Cornell, I teach courses on Ancient Rome, Greek Mythology, Wine Culture, and Latin literature of all time periods. For business executives worldwide, I teach eCornell courses on leadership from Ancient Rome and the effective use of humor in the workplace.