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Aug. 22, 2003

Hunnicutt Discusses Work, Leisure At 'Finding God At Iowa' Kick-Off

Benjamin Hunnicutt, professor of leisure studies at the University of Iowa, will kick off this year's Finding God at Iowa luncheon series Friday, Sept. 5, at noon in River Room 1 of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Begun seven years ago, the popular noon series is designed to foster an environment in which the relevance of the life of the Spirit to the life of the mind can be openly discussed. The series is free and open to the public.

Hunnicutt received his Ph. D. in history from the University of North Carolina and has been a professor of leisure studies at UI since 1976. His major writings have concerned the history of work and leisure and include "Work Without End: Abandoning Shorter Hours For the Right to Work" and "Kellogg's Six-Hour Day." Hunnicutt has also written for The Wall Street Journal and appeared in a variety of nationally broadcast television programs, including The Today Show and the PBS special Running Out of Time, discussing the end of shorter hours, the rise of the culture of work and the trivialization of leisure.

The Finding God at Iowa Noon Series is a program of the Geneva Campus Ministry at the University of Iowa. It is designed to complement the well-known Geneva Lecture Series that brings speakers to the UI campus to speak on a wide variety of issues from a Judeo-Christian perspective and is supported by nearly 20 Roman Catholic, mainline and evangelical churches and student organizations in the Iowa City/Coralville area.

For further information, please contact Jason Chen, director of the Geneva Campus Ministry, at 319-341-0007 or by email at

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