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Aug. 23, 2006

NY Times Supreme Court Reporter Greenhouse To Deliver Levitt Lecture

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Linda Greenhouse will discuss the recent history of the U.S. Supreme Court when she delivers the University of Iowa College of Law's 2006 Levitt Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. in the second-floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Admission to her lecture, "A Work in Progress? Continuity and Change on the U.S. Supreme Court," is free and open to the public.

Greenhouse has covered the Supreme Court for the New York Times for all but two years since 1978. For her coverage of the High Court, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism (beat reporting) in 1998. In 2004, she received the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

Greenhouse has also covered Congress, local and state government, and politics for the New York Times. She is also an occasional panelist on the PBS public affairs program "Washington Week."

Greenhouse is also author of the book "Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun's Supreme Court Journey," published in 2005. Written after extensively reviewing Blackmun's personal papers -- Greenhouse was the first reporter to be given access to his archive -- the book charts how Blackmun evolved from a conservative jurist appointed by Richard Nixon to a liberal who opposed capital punishment and wrote the Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

Greenhouse is a graduate of Radcliffe College, where she currently serves on the advisory committee to the Schlesinger Library on the History of American Women. She earned a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School, and has several honorary degrees.

The Richard S. Levitt Family Distinguished Lectureship was created in 1995 through a generous endowment gift from the Levitt family to the Iowa Law School Foundation. The purpose of the Levitt Lectures is to bring to the Iowa campus distinguished national and international figures in law and government to present timely lectures to students, faculty and alumni of the College of Law. Prior Levitt Lecturers include U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, former U.S. Army general Wesley Clark, former Republic of Ireland President Mary Robinson, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, and four Nobel Peace Prize winners: Elie Wiesel, Abba Eban, Bishop Desmond Tutu and John Hume.

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