Center for Education Policy Hosts Third Bowen Lecture of 2003-04 Season

Posted: April 21, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Joan DelFattore, professor in the English Education Program at the University of Delaware, will be the featured speaker at the Bowen Lecture in Education Policy on Tuesday, April 27. The event takes place at 4:30 p.m. in Mason Hall, Room D3A and B. The university community is invited to attend the lecture–the third in this year’s series–sponsored by the Center for Education Policy. A reception, with an opportunity to meet the speaker, will begin at 4 p.m.

DelFattore’s primary research focuses on the First Amendment and other Bill of Rights issues. She will discuss research presented in her latest book, The Fourth R: Conflicts Over Religion in American Public Education.The research traces the evolution of school-prayer battles from the early 1800s, when children were beaten or expelled for refusing to read the King James Bible, to current disputes over prayer at public-school football games and graduations.

DelFattore’s first book, What Johnny Shouldn’t Read: Textbook Censorship in America, won awards from the American Library Association, the American Educational Research Association, and the Gustavus Myer Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America.

For more information on the lecture, contact Penelope Earley, director of the Center for Education Policy, at

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