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Lucy Kalanithi discusses When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi ’99 M.A. ’00 was an instructor in Stanford’s department of neurosurgery and a fellow at the Stanford Neurosciences Institute, as well as a writer. Kalanithi lost his battle with cancer last March, after being diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer during his neurosurgical residency at Stanford. His book, “When Breath Becomes Air,” was published posthumously last week. In the book, Kalanithi discusses his medical career, his family and learning to face mortality.

The Daily recently interviewed his wife, Lucy Kalanithi, to discuss Paul, his book, his life and his legacy.

McMurtry building hosts opening reception

The McMurtry Building for the Department of Art and Art History hosted its formal opening reception Tuesday, Oct. 6, though the building’s galleries and classrooms have been accessible since Sept. 21. Named after its generous donors, Deedee and Burt McMurtry, M.S. ’59, Ph.D. ’62, the McMurtry building is designed to encourage collaboration and coexistence between the disciplines of art and art history, as well as other areas of study.