Michelle Harrington

Religious Ethics "Laying Down One's Life: Autonomy in the Time of Medicalized Death"

During the course of the fellowship year, I plan to write two dissertation chapters in which I will explore the moral life of the patient and the qualities of freedom and self-command that Christian theology holds as possible, even for those who are preparing to face life's end. This year, I will simultaneously hold the MacLean Clinical Medical Ethics Fellowship, and am pleased to be afforded the opportunity to engage end-of-life care issues alongside medical professionals as I prepare to serve the three communities that the Divinity School trains its scholars to serve: the academy, the church, and the public. I'm very grateful for the support of the Marty Center, and I look forward to practicing communicating within each of these distinct communities of moral discourse, to strengthening my undergraduate pedagogical skills alongside my MMC Fellows, and to presenting my work to interested members of the public.

"What do you hope to accomplish this year as a Martin Marty Junior Fellow, and how does the MMC look as a place to do your work?"