Roanoke College Announces Lecture on Separation of Church and State

SALEM, Va. - Roanoke College will host a Constitution Day lecture on Monday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Colket Center, Wortmann Ballroom by John Witte, Jr., director of the Emory University Center for Law and Religion. Witte will speak on "Separation of Church and State-Facts, Fictions and Future Challenges." The lecture, sponsored by the Center for Religion and Society, does not require a ticket.

Witte is an expert on the First Amendment and will address his interpretation of its meaning, how it has been distorted and the challenges the amendment will face in the future. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College in 1982 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1985. Witte is an accomplished author and scholar on human rights, law, religion and the United States Constitution.

At Emory University, Witte has been awarded as Professor of the Year in 1997-8 and Most Outstanding Professor from 1992-1994 and 1997-2005. Witte has lectured at esteemed institutions like Dartmouth College, Columbia University and University of California at Berkeley. He also has presented lectures in numerous smaller institutions on North America, Western Europe, Israel, Japan and South Africa.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 1,970 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.