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University of Iowa News Release

April 14, 2006

CLAS Faculty Assembly To Host Symposium On Academic Freedom April 21-22

Academic freedom is a hot topic on college campuses nationwide. From animal research to controversial comments in the classroom, what professors, scholars and researchers say or do has been a focus of national attention.

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty Assembly will host a two-part symposium on academic freedom on Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22. The symposium offers an opportunity to participate in a lively discussion with experts in a variety of fields, including law, history, corporate research sponsorship and legislative initiatives. Specific discussion topics depend on participants' interests, but might include anything from the debate over intelligent design to issues surrounding stem cell research.

Both sessions will be held in 101 Biology Building East on the UI campus; the building is located at the corner of Iowa Avenue and Dubuque Street in downtown Iowa City. All events are free and open to the public. UI President Emeritus Sandy Boyd will provide opening contextual remarks for both sessions.

The Friday session, scheduled for 7:30 to 10 p.m. April 21, is aimed primarily at the academic community, including students, faculty and staff. A representative of the UI provost's office, along with David Wynes from the office of the UI vice president for research, will be among the panelists.

The Saturday session, to be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon April 22, is intended for the general public. Panelists will include UI law professor William Buss; UI associate professor of education history Chris Ogren; and Gary Grant, the district director for Rep. James Leach (R-Iowa).

For additional information, please contact John Menninger, chairman of the CLAS Faculty Assembly Committee of Academic Freedom, at 335-1055 or by e-mail at

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

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; Program: John Menninger, 335-1055,