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Sept. 20, 2004

Blanck To Give Inaugural Thornburgh Lecture On Disability Policy

Peter Blanck, Charles M. & Marion Kierscht Professor of Law at the University of Iowa, will deliver the inaugural Thornburgh Family Lecture in Disability Law and Policy on Thursday, Oct. 14 at the University of Pittsburgh.

Blanck, also the director of the Iowa Law, Health Policy and Disability Center, will discuss "Americans with Disabilities and their Civil Rights." A panel discussion will follow Blanck's lecture featuring business and disability law leaders.

The Thornburgh Family Lectureship is named after Richard Thornburgh, former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. attorney general, and Ginny Thornburgh, vice president of the National Organization on Disability and director of the Religion and Disability Program. The two were awarded a Henry B. Betts Award for their work in advocating for disability issues and donated the award to the University of Pittsburgh to endow the annual lecture series.

Blanck is lead author of Disability Civil Rights Law and Policy, an authoritative treatise that covers the history, development and details of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability law and legislation. He directs the Iowa Law, Health Policy & Disability Center (, which is a leader in law, technology, education and research focused on improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. Based at the UI College of Law, with offices in Washington, D.C., Boston and elsewhere, the center concentrates on public policy and its impact on persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on economic independence, employment, technology and self-sufficiency.

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