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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 26, 2005

UI Faculty Members To Discuss Faith In The Contemporary University

Four University of Iowa faculty members will address the topic of "Faith in the Contemporary University" in the Finding God at Iowa Lunch Forum on Friday, Feb. 4 at noon in River Room #1 of the Iowa Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

Professor Stephanos Bibas of the College of Law will speak on "Faith and the Campus Culture," dealing with questions such as how faith is present on the UI campus and in what ways is it a positive or negative factor in relation to the academic task. Professor Alice Fulton of the Department of Biochemistry will speak on "Faith and Classroom Teaching" to examine how a teacher can encourage or discourage expressions of faith in the classroom. And professor Lori Branch of the Department of English will speak on "Faith and Scholarly Vocation," sharing experiences of how faith influenced her development as a scholar, what impact faith had on her research and published scholarship, and how her scholarly endeavor has shaped her faith.

Professor John Reitz from the College of Law will moderate. All four are active members of a local church in Iowa City.

The Finding God at Iowa Lunch Forum is a program of the Geneva Campus Ministry at the University of Iowa. It is designed to cultivate a healthy environment on campus so that both the life of the mind and the life of the spirit can both prosper.

For further information, contact Jason Chen, Director of Geneva Campus Ministry at the University of Iowa, 319-341-0007 or email

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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