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Public Lecture: Living While Dying

On Friday, October 23, from noon–1 pm, UMD’s Center for Ethics and Public Policy is sponsoring a public lecture by Cathy Wurzer (Minnesota Public Radio) and Ev Emerson (the spouse of Bruce Kramer) in which they will share their experiences with Bruce and their collaboration on the book, We Know How This Ends, published in 2015. The book details discoveries made by Cathy and Bruce as they embarked on a journalistic process to document his struggle with ALS and the life lessons one can find in living fully through loss.

This event is free and open to the public and takes place at UMD’s Bohannon Hall, Room 90. The event is cosponsored with Advance Care Planning – Northeast Minnesota.

Cathy Wurzer is one of Minnesota’s most recognizable broadcast journalists with a career that spans both commercial and public radio and TV.  Since 2011, Bruce Kramer has been talking with Cathy Wurzer about his transformative journey with ALS on Minnesota Public Radio’s flagship news program, “Morning Edition.”  Cathy is a multiple Emmy Award winning journalist who is also the co-host of the longest running public affairs television show of its kind in the country: "Almanac" on Twin Cities Public Television. Prior, she was an anchor and reporter at the CBS station in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, WCCO-TV, and was also an announcer on WCCO Radio. She is a documentary filmmaker and author of an award-winning book about the sites and secrets along U.S Highway 61. 

Brucer Kramer was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's Disease) on Dec. 6, 2010. At that time, Bruce was dean of the School of Education at the University of St. Thomas. He has shared his journey with the incurable disease from time to time with Cathy Wurzer on MPR News Morning Edition.

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