Professor John Mitchell to Moderate Town Hall Forum

Professor John Mitchell will take part in a panel exploring the moral and ethical arguments on both sides of the assisted suicide debate at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at Town Hall.

The forum, Death with Dignity or Assisted Suicide? will be in the Great Hall, off the Eighth Avenue entrance between Spring and Seneca streets. Oregon is currently the only state in the nation that allows “assisted suicide” or “patient-directed dying.” Former Gov. Booth Gardner has filed an initiative in Washington that would, if passed, allow some terminally ill patients to receive medication to end their lives.

A panel of experts will discuss the ramifications of the issue. Mitchell, author of the new book, “Understanding Assisted Suicide: Nine Issues to Consider,” will provide an introduction and moderate the panel, which includes physician Shane Macaulay, social worker Arlene Hinckley and the Rev. Hubert Locke, dean emeritus of the Evans School of Public Affairs.

The forum is presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life and CityClub, with Elliott Bay Book Company. For more information, call Susie Tennant at Town Hall at (206) 652.4255 or e-mail