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Release: Sept. 20, 1999

Yale ethicist to speak on abortion at UI School of Religion Sept. 27

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Gene Outka, a professor of philosophy and Christian ethics at Yale University, will speak on "The Ethics of Love and the Problem of Abortion," at the University of Iowa Monday, Sept. 27. The UI School of Religion invited Outka to deliver the 1999 James C. Spalding Memorial Lecture. The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Room 106 Gilmore Hall.

Outka, who taught at Princeton University before coming to Yale in 1975, has taught courses on religion and ethics for nearly 35 years. He has written and edited books as well as published numerous articles on the topics of morality, ethics, and religion and how those tenets are incorporated into society.

In his UI lecture Outka will consider how appeals to the love commandments in religious traditions - particularly Protestant Christianity - influence the content and formulation of seven different theses about the problem of abortion. He will explore also how far the theses may extend into wider societal debates about abortion.

Following Outka's lecture, the School of Religion will host a reception on the third floor of Gilmore Hall.

James C. Spalding taught in the UI School of Religion for 36 years and served as its director from 1971-1979. During his tenure he taught a wide range of courses for undergraduates, advised more than 40 Ph.D. students and oversaw a reorganization of the school's Board of Fellows. The James C. Spalding Memorial Lecture was established in his honor after his death in 1996.

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