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O'Connor will be one of approximately two dozen religious and legal scholars who will speak at the three day conference, which starts today at the Penn Tower Hotel. The conference, entitled "Religion in American Life," is partially sponsored by the University Law School. Other speakers include Angela Carmella of Seton Hall School of Law, Mary Ann Glendon of Harvard University Law School and Michael J. Perry of Northwestern University Law School. Organizers said the conference is intended to explore how the first amendment guarantee of Freedom of Religion in the U.S. Constitution applies to the world two centuries after its adoption. Seminars will address the topic through the perspectives of religious access to public facilities and programs, accommodation of religious beliefs in society and accountability for religious programs. -- Michael Sirolly Arboretum director named A green thumb has been given the green light to become director of the University's Morris Arboretum. Paul Meyer, an administrator at the Arboretum for a decade and a half, was named to the directorship post earlier this month. The Arboretum is a 166-acre horitcultural facility in Chestnut Hill. During his time there, Meyer has served as the curator for the Arboretum's living collection. While at the Arboretum, Meyer also spearheaded programs to introduce new plantlife from the wild to the city environment and has also lended his horticultural talents to local communities. His work has often led him to Asia, where he was co-leader of a U.S. National Arboretum Plant Exploration trip to South Korea and also was part of plant expeditions to China and Taiwan. -- Michael Sirolly

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