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Aug. 17, 2006

Plame, McCourt, Kristof Lead UI Lecture Schedule

Author Frank McCourt, columnist Nick Kristof and former CIA operative Valerie Plame headline the annual University of Iowa Lecture Series for 2006-07, sponsored by the UI Lecture Committee.

Also coming to Iowa are corporate satirists The Yes Men, author Zadie Smith, legal affairs columnist David Cole, and poet and American Indian activist John Trudell.

Admission to all events is free and open to the public. This year's speakers include:

--The Yes Men, Aug. 24. Included as part of the Welcome Week program, The Yes Men pretend to be powerful people and spokespersons for corporations and organizations by making outrageous comments about workers and consumers to show how corporations often act in dehumanizing ways toward people. The group was documented in the 2003 movie "The Yes Men" and the book "The Yes Men: The True Story of the End of the World Trade Organization." 7:30 p.m., Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library.

--Zadie Smith. Sept. 12. Smith is the author of the novels "White Teeth," "The Autograph Man" and "On Beauty," as well as the non-fiction book about writing, "Fail Better." The London-born Smith is of English and Jamaican ancestry. Her acclaimed first novel, "White Teeth" (2000), is a vibrant portrait of contemporary multicultural London, told through the story of three ethnically diverse families. The book won a number of awards and prizes. 7:30 p.m., Englert Theatre.

--Nick Kristof, Oct. 4. Kristof is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and reporter for The New York Times. He has reported from Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo for the Times and won a Pulitzer in 1990 for his reporting of the Tianannmen Square massacre. He also covered the George W. Bush presidential campaign in 2000. He became an op-ed columnist in 2001. 7:30 p.m., MacBride Auditorium.

--Frank McCourt, Nov. 7. McCourt's appearance will be this year's University of Iowa Distinguished Lecture. The acclaimed New York-born memoirist is the author of "Angela's Ashes," an account of his impoverished upbringing in Ireland by an alcoholic father who eventually abandoned the family but who instilled in his son a love of language and storytelling. The book won McCourt the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the ABBY Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Biography. His second book, "'Tis," tells the story of his life after returning to the United States at the age of 19. 7:30 p.m., Enlgert Theatre.

--David Cole, Jan. 21. Cole is the legal affairs correspondent for the magazine The Nation and a professor at Georgetown University Law Center. He is the author of "No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Criminal Justice System," co-author of "Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties for National Security" and author of "Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism." 7:30 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union.

--Valerie Plame, March 26. Plame was a CIA operative whose identity was revealed to reporters shortly after her husband, Joseph Wilson, wrote an op-ed piece critical of the Bush Administration's use of intelligence to justify the war in Iraq. Federal prosecutors continue to investigate whether criminal charges should be brought in the leak. 7:30 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union.

--John Trudell, April 12. Trudell is a poet, musician and American Indian activist whose work reflects the suffering of Indians. He grew up in poverty on a reservation near Omaha and later became chairman of the American Indian Movement. His wife, mother-in-law and three children were all killed in a fire of unknown origin in 1979. His latest album, Bone Days, is recorded with his long-time band, Bad Dog. 7:30 p.m., location to be determined.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. Persons with a disability who require an accommodation in order to participate in any of these programs should contact the Lecture Committee at 319-335-3059.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,; Shannon Thomas, Lecture Committee chair, 515-450-7788.