February 12, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Student Lectureship Committee at Bucknell University will host  "A Debate on Pornography" on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

James Peterson, assistant professor of English at Bucknell, will moderate the debate between Craig Gross, a pastor who addresses the struggle with pornography with his website, and Ron Jeremy, a pornography film director and actor. Gross and Jeremy also will take questions from the audience.

Admission info
Doors open at 6:15 for Bucknell ID holders; any remaining seats will be released to the public at 6:45 p.m. The debate will be simulcast in Trout Auditorium, Vaughan Literature Building.

Pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States alone. Gross and Jeremy will discuss various perspectives, including whether it is an addictive and destructive habit, or a window to a fun fantasy world.

Craig Gross
As a young pastor in southern California and founder of Fireproof Ministries, Gross noticed his congregations struggling with pornography and started a website — XXXchurch.com — to address the problem. In the four years since it began, XXXchurch.com has had more than 60 million visitors to the website. Craig has been featured in GQ magazine, "Good Morning America," Newsweek, CNN, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. His ministry is the subject of an award-winning documentary and a new reality TV show. He has written several books including his latest, Porn ... The Dirty Little Secret, and Starving Jesus: 40 Days Of Nothing.

Ron Jeremy
Jeremy's film career began soon after his girlfriend sent his photo to Playgirl magazine. At the time he was working as a high school special education teacher and moonlighting in off-Broadway theater. Since his first film appearance in 1979, Jeremy has appeared in more than 1,000 pornography films as well as on numerous talk shows. He has served as a consultant for the films "Boogie Nights," "9 1/2 Weeks" and the documentary "Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam." He also has appeared as an actor in mainstream films including "Killing Zoe" and "Detroit Rock City" and performs in comedy clubs across the United States.

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