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National spokespersons to speak at CU on April 1

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By Linda Waggener

National spokespersons Dr. Richard Land and Holly Hollman will be at Campbellsville University on Tuesday, April 1.

Land is president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and Hollman is general counsel of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C.

Their address, titled "Church and State and Religious Liberty Issues," is sponsored by CU's Kentucky Heartland Institute on Public Policy.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the Little Auditorium.

"We have two outstanding guests who will bring divergent views on these important issues," said John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president, who founded KHIPP.

Chowning said both Land and Hollman are recognized as national spokesmen and experts on this area of public policy. He said they are both seen often on Fox, CNN, ABC, NBC and other national news media.

"We are honored to have these prominent speakers on our campus. We invite everyone to come and learn from their expertise in church and state and religious liberty," Chowning said.

Land is president of the Southern Baptist Convention's official entity assigned to address social, moral and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families and their faith. He has been recognized as one of the 10 top church-state experts "politicians will call on when they get serious about addressing an important public policy issue," Chowning said.

Prior to becoming the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's president, Land served as Criswell College's vice president for academic affairs from 1980 to 1988. He had taught as professor of theology and church history at that institution since 1975.

Land graduated with a bachelor of arts degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton University and with the doctor of philosophy degree from Oxford University in England. He also received a master of theology (Honors Program) degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, of which Hollman is general counsel, is a religious liberty education and advocacy group formed seven decades ago.

Hollman provides legal analysis on church-state issues that arise before Congress, the courts and administrative agencies. Her work includes preparing friend-of-the-court submissions, presentations for research, institutions and religious organizations and issuing briefings for congressional staff.

She writes a regular column for the BJC's monthly publication, "Report from the Capital." In addition, she consults with national print media on matters relating to church-state relations and has appeared in leading publications including The Washington Post, USA, Today, The Christian Science Monitor and Christian Century.

Hollman has also appeared on National Public Radio, CNN, C SPAN, Fox News Channel, NBC Nightly News and "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly" on PBS.

Hollman graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in politics from Wake Forest University. She received her juris doctor degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she was a member of the Tennessee Law Review and the National Moot Court Team.

Hollman and her husband, Jay Smith, have two sons and live in Falls Church, Va.

For more information about the KHIPP event, contact Chowning at jechowning@campbellsville.edu or 789-5520.

- Linda Waggener is assistant director of university communications at Campbellsville University.