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Head of White House faith-based initiatives office speaks, April 27

John DiIulio Jr., director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, in McCosh 50. DiIulio, a widely published expert on faith-based social programs, criminal justice and government reform, will lecture on "Compassionate Conservatism," especially as it relates to his new position in the Bush administration.

A former Princeton professor of politics and public affairs, DiIulio was a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania when President Bush tapped him earlier this year to head the first federal office intended to promote the integration of religious groups into federally financed social services.

The creation of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives was a signature campaign issue for the president that has drawn criticism from groups that advocate a strict separation of church and state. However, legislation directing government funds to religious social service programs already has been introduced in Congress, and hearings will take place later this month.

The speech, part of the John Olin Foundation Lectures on the Moral Foundations of American Democracy, is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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