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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 2, 2005

Geneva Lecture Series Welcomes Expert on Church and State Legal Issues

John Witte, Jr., a law professor at Emory University and a leading scholar of religion and law, will discuss the separation of church and state in America when he delivers the fall Geneva Lecture at the University of Iowa. "Separation of Church and State: Facts, Fiction and Future Challenges" will be Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium in the UI Main Library. Admission is free and open to the public.

Witte has written and taught widely about religion and law in the United States. He is the director of the Law and Religion Program and of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion Program at Emory. He has written about religion and human rights, religion in post-Soviet Russia and the law and Protestantism. Among his books has been "Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment," "God's Joust, God's Justice: Law and Religion in the Western Tradition," and "Sex, Marriage and Family in World Religions."

Witte received his B.A. from Calvin College and his law degree from Harvard University.

Founded in 1976, the purpose of the Geneva Lecture Series is to demonstrate the continuing relevance of the Judeo-Christian message to the life of the mind. To date, sixty nationally and internationally renowned speakers have been invited to speak at the University of Iowa.

For further information, contact Edward Laarman at (319) 341-0007 or by email

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