The lecture will be in the Peterson Hall lecture room, located at 2255 NW Northrup in Portland. It is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Associated Students of Linfield College-Portland Campus.
Roberts is the author of "Death Without Denial, Grief Without Apology: A Guide for Facing Death and Loss," which was called one of the top 10 Oregon books in 2002 and received the Children?s Cancer Association Award. She will discuss her book as well as the political issues surrounding the death with dignity act in Oregon. She will also be available to sign her books. She wrote the book following the death of her husband from cancer. It explores the personal as well as the societal issues surrounding death and grief. In it, Roberts offers readers support to abandon the silence that too often accompanies impending death and those who must grieve.
A descendant of Oregon Trail pioneers, Roberts began her career of public service as an advocate for disabled children as she fought for the educational rights of her autistic son. She served for a decade as an elected school board member, and eventually became a member of the Oregon House of Representatives. She was elected Secretary of State in 1984 and Governor in 1990.
Roberts now teaches at Portland State University as an associate director of Leadership Development. Prior to that she taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She serves on the boards of trustees of several major nonprofit organizations, including the Oregon Hospice Association, the Human Rights Campaign, and the advisory council of Oregon?s Compassion in Dying. In addition, she is an active public speaker, focusing on issues of death and grieving, leadership, women in politics, and environmental stewardship.