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Speaker to discuss religion and international relations April 3

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- What role should religion play in international diplomacy?

Douglas M. Johnston, vice-president of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies will visit the University of Iowa on Friday, April 3 to present two lectures addressing this question. Johnston is the author of the 1994 work "Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft," which outlines the positive role religion plays in preventing and resolving conflicts between nations.

Johnston's first UI presentation will be a symposium at 3:30 p.m. in Room 106 Gilmore Hall, where he will speak on "Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft." James Lindsay, professor of political science, and James McCue, professor of religion, will respond. Cary Covington, associate professor of political science, will moderate the discussion.

At 7:30 p.m. Johnston will present his second lecture, "Faith in Action: Christianity and Conflict Resolution," in the Buchanan Auditorium of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building. Both presentations are free and open to the public.

Johnston's visit to the UI is sponsored by the Geneva Lecture Series, which brings speakers to the UI to offer a Christian perspective on a wide range of national and international issues.

Co-sponsors of the event include the University Lecture Committee, the UI Center for International and Comparative Studies, the UI Department of Political Science, the UI School of Religion, and nearly 20 churches and religious organizations throughout the community. For more information, contact Jason Chen, Campus Ministry, (319) 341-0007.

3/24/98