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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 26, 2003

Former President Bill Clinton To Speak At UI

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will discuss global security when he speaks at the University of Iowa Wednesday, March 26 in Carver Hawkeye Arena. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Clinton's speech, "Embracing our Humanity: Global Security in the 21st Century," is free and open to the public. Tickets will be available beginning Feb. 28 at the University Box Office in the Iowa Memorial Union, first to UI students with a valid student ID at 10 a.m., then to the general public at 5 p.m. All tickets will be for reserved seating, and there is a two-ticket limit per person.

As with all university events, individuals with special accommodations are encouraged to attend. For further information regarding tickets or special accommodations, contact the University Box Office at (319) 335-3041.

Clinton will receive the UI Lecture Committee's Distinguished Lecture Medallion during his appearance at the university. The objective of this annual event is to feature a renowned citizen who is distinguished in his/her knowledge, experience, influence and position in public office, foreign affairs, industry, science, literature or the arts. The lecture is intended to address compelling issues that both appeal to and inspire UI students, faculty and staff. Past medal recipients include Lech Walesa, Coretta Scott King and Maya Angelou.

"The committee feels former President Clinton is one of the most compelling international figures of our time and his speech will give the campus a unique opportunity to expand campus-wide dialogue about the state of our world and our perceptions of the Office of the President," said Dan Rossi, chair of the Lecture Committee.

Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States, was elected in 1992 and re-elected in 1996. Prior to his election, he had served four terms as governor of Arkansas and one term as that state's attorney general. An Arkansas native, Clinton graduated from Georgetown University, was a Rhodes Scholar and received his law degree from Yale University.

He left office in 2001 and now lives in Chappaqua, N.Y. His wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is a U.S. senator representing New York.

Support for Clinton's appearance is being made available from the F. Wendell Miller Fund.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Thomas Kroeger, Lecture Committee member and Clinton engagement planner, (319) 325-1771; Dan Rossi, chair, Lecture Committee, (319) 335-3255; Sherene Judeh, public relations director, Lecture committee, (319) 335-3255 or (319) 335-3860; Tom Snee, University News Service, (319) 384-0010, email:

MEDIA ADVISORY: Media representatives interested in covering Clinton's speech must call the University News Service Office at 319-384-0010 by March 7 to be credentialed. Our office must know the names of all reporters and photographers who plan to cover the event from your organization by that date, as all media representatives who seek to attend must undergo a credential check. Those who do not undergo a check will not be admitted. No press availability outside the speech is planned.