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Sept. 8, 2003

Wesley Clark To Discuss Foreign Relations In Levitt Lecture At UI

Retired General Wesley Clark, former Supreme Commander of NATO and leader of Allied forces in the victorious war in Kosovo in 1999, will deliver the 2003 Levitt Lecture at the University of Iowa on Friday, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Please note that in anticipation of a large audience, the location of the lecture has been moved to the IMU Main Lounge from its previously announced location in the IMU Second Floor Ballroom.

Clark will examine the complexities of America's new foreign relations in his lecture, "The American Leadership Role In a Changing World." Clark will use his expertise to offer insight into current military conflicts around the world and their implications. He discusses coalition building, the resolution of conflict and its after-effects.

He is also the author of Waging Modern War, a 2002 bestseller that recounts his experiences leading NATO forces during the Kosovo war. Clark also worked as a military, security and foreign affairs analyst for CNN during this year's war against Iraq.

In addition, Clark is considering seeking the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, although he is expected to make that announcement before he comes to the university.

Before becoming Supreme Commander of U.S. forces in Europe, Clark commanded U.S. forces in Latin America and the Caribbean, and was also the director for Strategic Plans and Policy for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has received numerous decorations from the U.S. and European governments for an esteemed military career that dates to the Vietnam War. He graduated first in his class from the United States Military Academy at West Point and studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

Today, he is chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic advisory and consulting firm.

Sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Law, the Levitt Lecture is an annual series that brings to the UI campus distinguished national and international figures in law and government to present timely lectures to students, faculty and alumni. Prior Levitt speakers include U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, former U.S. Attorneys General Richard Thornburg and Janet Reno, author and journalist David Halberstam, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, and four Nobel Peace Prize Winners: Abba Eban, John Hume, Bishop Desmond Tutu and Elie Wiesel.

The lecture series is funded by a generous endowment gift made in 1995 by Richard S. and Jeanne Levitt, formerly of Des Moines. Dick Levitt is a 1954 graduate of the UI College of Law who had a distinguished career in the financial services industry.

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