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UI's Johnson addresses area high schoolers April 3 in West Branch

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Nicholas Johnson, visiting professor of law at the University of Iowa and a former member of the Federal Communications Commission, will present the keynote lecture at the National Issues Forum for eastern Iowa high school students Thursday, April 3 at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch.

Johnson, who served on the FCC from 1966 to 1973, will present, "Governing America: 'What Do You Mean?' and 'How Do You Know?'" at 9:15 a.m. in the auditorium of the library.

The speech is the kickoff event in the day-long National Issues Forum, co-sponsored by the Grant Wood Area Education Agency, the Hoover Presidential Library, and the Kettering Foundation.

A total of 77 students and 15 teachers from nine high schools in eastern Iowa have been selected to participate in the National Issues Forum. The forums are educational programs designed to involve students in discussions about issues and events facing the United States, its government and society.

The topic for the April 3 forum is "Governing America: Our Choices, Our Challenges."

Students from the following high schools will be participating: Metro (Cedar Rapids), Mount Vernon, West Branch, Washington (Cedar Rapids), Lisbon, Anamosa, Midland (Wyoming), English Valleys, and Kennedy (Cedar Rapids).

The forum convenes at 9 a.m. and runs until 2:30 p.m.

Johnson has taught on the UI law faculty since 1981.