CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Sept. 20, 1999
Yale ethicist to speak on abortion at UI School of
Religion Sept. 27
IOWA CITY, Iowa Gene Outka, a professor of
philosophy and Christian ethics at Yale University, will speak on "The Ethics
of Love and the Problem of Abortion," at the University of Iowa Monday, Sept.
27. The UI School of Religion invited Outka to deliver the 1999 James C. Spalding
Memorial Lecture. The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Room 106 Gilmore
Outka, who taught at Princeton University before coming
to Yale in 1975, has taught courses on religion and ethics for nearly 35 years.
He has written and edited books as well as published numerous articles on
the topics of morality, ethics, and religion and how those tenets are incorporated
In his UI lecture Outka will consider how appeals
to the love commandments in religious traditions - particularly Protestant
Christianity - influence the content and formulation of seven different theses
about the problem of abortion. He will explore also how far the theses may
extend into wider societal debates about abortion.
Following Outka's lecture, the School of Religion
will host a reception on the third floor of Gilmore Hall.
James C. Spalding taught in the UI School of Religion
for 36 years and served as its director from 1971-1979. During his tenure
he taught a wide range of courses for undergraduates, advised more than 40
Ph.D. students and oversaw a reorganization of the school's Board of Fellows.
The James C. Spalding Memorial Lecture was established in his honor after
his death in 1996.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend
all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability
who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please
contact the UI School of Religion in advance at (319) 335-2164.