Law professor Ray Madoff will discuss her new book, Immortality and the Law: The Rising Power of the American Dead, on Thursday, July 15, 8 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center. Described by the Financial Times as a “stunning polemic,” Ms. Madoff examines the distinctly American approach taken to the law of the dead; when it comes to property in America, the dead have greater control than anywhere else in the world.

Ms. Madoff explores how the law of the dead can grant virtual immortality. These rules tell a hidden story about what we really value for both the dead and, more importantly, the living.

Books will be available for purchase and signing following the discussion. The talks if free for community center members; a suggested donation for nonmembers is $5.