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University of Iowa News Release

May 3, 2004

Bezanson To Discuss Constitutionality Of Faith Based Initiatives

Randall P. Bezanson, professor and constitutional law expert at University of Iowa's College of Law will speak on "Government Subsidies for Faith-Based Initiatives" at the Finding God at Iowa Lunch Forum at noon Friday, May 7 in River Room No. 1 of the Iowa Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

The Finding God at Iowa lunch forum 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 UI to speak on a variety of topics from a Judeo-Christian perspective.

Following his graduation from the UI College of Law, Bezanson clerked for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court. In 1974 he joined the faculty of UI's College of Law and later served as a vice president of the university from 1979-84. Bezanson's scholarship spans the fields of administrative law, constitutional law, first amendment theory, defamation and privacy law, law and medicine, and the history of freedom of the press. He has published in many law reviews and journals. Presently, he teaches Constitutional Law, the First Amendment, and Seminars on Freedom of the Press, the Religion Guarantee, and Law and Technology.

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

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