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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 7, 2003

Columnist, Author Linda Chavez To Speak At UI

Linda Chavez, syndicated columnist, author and president of the Center for Equal Opportunity, will speak about her life as a conservative Hispanic at the University of Iowa on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The lecture, "An Unlikely Conservative," is open to the public. Admission is free.

As president of the Center for Equal Opportunity, a non-profit public policy research organization in Washington, D.C., Chavez has been a leader in the fight against affirmative action programs. Her books include "Out of the Barrio: Toward a New Politics of Hispanic Assimilation" in 1991 and "An Unlikely Conservative: The Transformation of an ex-Liberal (or How I Came to Be the Most Hated Hispanic in America)" in 2002. In 2000, Chavez was honored by the Library of Congress as a "Living Legend" for her contributions to America's cultural and historical legacy.

Chavez has held a number of appointed positions, among them chairman of the National Commission on Migrant Education (1988-1992); White House Director of Public Liaison (1985); staff director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1983-1985); and a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (1984-1986). In 1992, she was elected by the United Nations' Human Rights Commission to serve a four-year term as U.S. Expert to the U.N. Sub-commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities. Chavez was also editor of the prize-winning quarterly journal American Educator (1977-1983), published by the American Federation of Teachers, where she also served as assistant to AFT president Al Shanker (1982-1983) and assistant director of legislation (1975-1977). Chavez was also nominated to be U.S. Secretary of Labor by President George W. Bush.

Her lecture is sponsored by the University Lecture Committee. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the UI Lecture Committee at 319-335-3255.

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

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