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Former Congressman and current National Endowment for the Humanities chairman, Jim Leach, to speak at Columbia College

WHO: Columbia College hosts Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Before becoming NEH Chairman in 2009, Leach represented southeastern Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives. Leach graduated from Princeton University, received a Master of Arts in Soviet Politics from the School of Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University and holds eight honorary degrees. He has received numerous awards, including the Sidney R. Yates Award for Distinguished Public Service to the Humanities.

WHAT: A question and answer session for students, faculty and staff. Columbia College's Schiffman Ethics in Society lecture by Jim Leach: "The Ethics of Civility." The lecture is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Thursday, March 10 Question and answer session: 3:30 p.m. - Leach will be available for media interviews after the question and answer session. Lecture: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Lecture begins 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Columbia College - 1001 Rogers St. and Tenth St. Question and answer session: Dorsey Gymnasium Lecture: Launer Auditorium

Parking is available at the corner of Rogers Street and Tenth Street.

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