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Sept. 18, 2003

Clark To Deliver UI College Of Law Lecture

Wesley Clark will deliver the University of Iowa College of Law's 2003 Levitt Lecture 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. No tickets are required; seating will be on a first come, first served basis. The doors to the Main Lounge will open at 3:15 p.m., and those who plan to attend should enter through the room's east doors. Because fire codes limit the number of people who can enter the Main Lounge, a closed circuit video feed of the lecture will be available in the Second Floor Ballroom for overflow seating.

A press conference that was originally scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in the IMU has been cancelled.

Clark is a retired Army general and was Supreme Commander of NATO forces, where he led the Allies in a victorious war against Serbia in Kosovo in 1999. He is also the author of Waging Modern War, a 2002 bestseller that recounts his experiences leading NATO forces during the war. Clark also worked as a military, security and foreign affairs analyst for CNN during this year's war against Iraq.

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.

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.

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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