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Aug. 26, 2003

Turow, Crier, Hersh, Eggers And Chavez Highlight Fall UI Speakers

Several big names will highlight this fall's speakers sponsored by the University of Iowa Lecture Committee, including author Dave Eggers, attorney and author Scott Turow, attorney and TV commentator Catherine Crier, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh and syndicated columnist Linda Chavez.

All appearances are free and open to the public.

--Dave Eggers, Sunday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union. The author of "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" and "You Shall Know Our Velocity," Eggers has been called by the New York Times "a staggeringly talented new writer." He is also the editor/publisher of the literary journals McSweeney's and The Believer, and also the founder of 826 Valencia, a San Francisco free school that helps students develop reading and writing skills.

--Scott Turow and Catherine Crier, "The Death Penalty: A Conversation," Tuesday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union. The best-selling author teams up with the Court TV legal analyst in an informal discussion of one of the most difficult questions facing the legal field today: the death penalty. Turow's most recent book, "Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer's Reflections on the Death Penalty," is a memoir/essay about his thoughts on capital punishment, including his service on the Illinois commission that studied the state's use of the death penalty. Crier, a TV reporter, former Texas judge and author of "The Case Against Lawyers," will moderate the discussion.

--Seymour Hersh, Monday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union. One of America's top investigative journalists, Hersh's work uncovered the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, the secret U.S. bombing of Cambodia and illegal U.S. aid to Libya. More recently, his work has focused on the acquisition and use of U.S. intelligence in the war against Iraq.

--Linda Chavez, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union. Chavez is the president of the Center for Equal Opportunity and author of the book "An Unlikely Conservative." She was the director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from 1983-85 and today is a syndicated columnist whose work appears in such newspapers as USA Today, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

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