Inaugural Thornburgh Lecture on Disability Policy delivered by Professor Peter Blanck

Peter Blanck, Charles M. & Marion Kiersch Professor of Law at the University of Iowa, delivered the inaugural Thornburgh Family Lecture in Disability Law and Policy on Thursday, October 14, 2004 at the University of Pittsburgh. Blanck discussed "Americans with DIsabilities and their Civil Rights." A panel discussion, featuring business and disability law leaders followed Professor Blanck's lecture.

The Thornburgh Family Lectureship is named after Richard Thornburgh, former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. attorney general, and Ginny Thornburgh, vice president of the National Organization on Disability and director of the Religion and Disability Program. The two were awarded a Henry B. Betts Award for their work in advocating for disability issues and donated the award to the University of Pittsburgh to endow the annual lecture series.

Blanck is lead author of Disability Civil Rights Law and Policy, an authoritative treatise that covers the history, development, and details of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability law and legislation. He is director of the Law, Health Policy & Disability Center.

A press release from the University of Iowa is available at

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(left to right: Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg, Ginny Thornburgh, Attorney General Richard Thornburgh, Kate Seelman, and Peter Blanck)