Rollin to speak at Caz Forum

Author to discuss life options, final choices

— Television correspondent and accomplished author, Betty Rollin, will discuss end-of-life choices during the next Cazenovia Forum lecture, to be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 in Catherine Cummings Theatre.

The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. A reception will follow the talk.

Rollin is a former correspondent for NBC News, and is currently a contributor to the PBS program “Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.” She brings a unique and personal insight to the difficult decisions faced by families as loved ones struggle with serious illness; her best seller “Last Wish” chronicles the suicide of her terminally-ill mother, and details her own role in planning the act. Critics considered it a “document of personal compassion and public importance” as well as a “story told with compassion, anger, humor and profound love.”

Rollin has written five other books, including “First You Cry,” a moving, first of its kind story about her own breast cancer and mastectomy. Both Last Wish and First You Cry were made into television movies, with Patty Duke and Mary Tyler Moore each playing the role of Rollin.

While at NBC, Rollin was the recipient of both the prestigious DuPont Award and an Emmy for her work. She has written for many national magazines including The New York Times Magazine, where she also wrote the “Hers” column. Earlier in her journalism career she was a senior editor at Look magazine. Rollin has been a member of the board of directors of Death with Dignity National Center.

The Cazenovia Forum is a 501 (c) 3, not-for-profit organization established in 2006 by community members focused on promoting the understanding and discussion of national and international issues. The group hopes further Cazenovia’s commitment to knowledge-seeking and community involvement.

Cynthia Sutton is volunteer publicist for Cazenovia Forum. The organization can be reached at lectureseries@cazenoviaforum.com.

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