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UNI to host presentations on evolution and Obamacare

October 28, 2013

Jerry Soneson, department head, philosophy and world religions, 319-273-6221,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Philosophy and World Religions will host lectures concerning evolution and religion, as well as the Affordable Care Act, as part of a fall lecture series.

The first lecture is titled "Does Evolution Undermine Religion? A Panel Discussion." The panel will include Steve O'Kane, professor of biology; Jerry Soneson, associate professor of religion and humanities; and Loyal Rue, emeritus professor of religion and philosophy at Luther College. They will discuss the implications that the contemporary view of evolution has for the validity of religion today. The panel will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, in Seerley Hall, Room 115. Those in attendance are encouraged to bring questions about this issue to the presentation.

The second lecture will be presented at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, in Seerley Hall, Room 115. Francis Degnin, associate professor of philosophy, will present "Death Panels, Soaring Costs and the Nanny State: Separating Truth from Fiction in What Obamacare Means to You." This presentation will address some of the myths and misinformation about the Affordable Care Act, as well as its implications for health care and the public.

Presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jerry Soneson, department head and associate professor of philosophy and world religions, at 319-273-6221 or