Monday January 30, 2006

'State of Our Values' Watch

"State of Our Values" Watch at University of Dayton During President's State of the Union Address, Tues., Jan. 31.

When President Bush delivers his 5th State of the Union address, University of Dayton students, faculty and staff will gather to watch the address and participate in a discussion of values.

The "State of Our Values" Watch will begin at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Marianist Hall (in the commons area on the second floor) on UD's campus. Sponsored by UD's Center for Social Concern, discussions will take place before and after the president's address on issues such as budget and tax proposals, Iraq and other foreign policy issues, and moral priorities for the nation. Parking is available in Lot C.

UD's event is one of several similar gatherings around the country organized by the Society of Mary (Marianists), an international religious order of Roman Catholic brothers and priests, to respond to the president's speech from a social justice and peacemaking perspective.

UD political science professors also will be available for comment immediately following the president's address:

The Rev. John Putka, S.M., an expert on American political institutions, especially Congress and the judiciary, issues of church and state in U.S. politics and political theory, can be reached at (937) 229-2594 on Tuesday throughout the president's address.

Jason Pierce teaches courses on the U.S. Supreme Court, civil rights and liberties, and constitutional law. His research interests are primarily in the comparative study of courts and constitutions. He can be reached at (937) 229-2596 during the day on Tuesday and at (937) 395-1343 the evening of the president's address.

To schedule an interview time in advance or for more information, contact Linda Robertson at (937) 229-3257.