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April 17, 2007

Safety and Security Measures Announced For April 18 Carter Events

The University of Iowa Lecture Committee has announced several safety and security measures for Former President Jimmy Carter's speech and book signing event Wednesday, April 18, at the UI.

Carter's speech focusing on issues in the Middle East and his new book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," will begin at 7 p.m. in Carver Hawkeye Arena. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

Earlier in the day, Carter will sign copies of "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," from 3 to 4:15 p.m., in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. Doors to the book signing will open at 2 p.m.

All those attending the 7 p.m. lecture in Carver Hawkeye Arena must have tickets. As of Tuesday morning, free tickets are still available at the University Box Office in the Iowa Memorial Union. Tickets are expected to be available on the evening of the event at the south entrance of Carver Hawkeye Arena.

The Lecture Committee advises ticket holders to come early since entry may be slow due to security safeguards. The building's west and south entrances will be open for admission; the north and east entrances will be closed to the general public. Credentialed media should arrive at the north entrance of the area to pick up passes by 6:15 p.m.

The entrances to Carver Hawkeye Arena will close at 7:05 p.m. Once people have been admitted into the building, they will not be readmitted if they leave. According to the Lecture Committee, certain items will not be allowed into Carver Hawkeye Arena and the book-signing event, including backpacks, signs, bags, cans, bottles, food, cameras and audio/video recording devices. Smoking is prohibited in the arena.

Ticket holders will be allowed to park free in any lot near Carver Hawkeye Arena except Lot 46, immediately west of the arena, and Lot 52, immediately north of the arena, both of which will be closed to the general public. However, a limited number of handicapped parking spots will be available in Lot 46.

All questions for President Carter must have been submitted in advance through the Lecture Committee Web site; no questions from the public or the media will be allowed from the audience.

The speech will be re-broadcast at later dates on UITV, the university's cable television station; viewers should consult local listings to see what channel carries UITV on their system.

Those attending the 3 p.m. book signing in the Iowa Memorial Union should enter from the south entrance of the IMU. The University Book Store will have the book available for purchase on site.

Book-signing restrictions include: a limit of three signed books per person; no other book titles or items (photos, memorabilia, etc.) will be signed; and no backpacks, bags, bottles, food, cameras, video/audio recording devices, or signs will be allowed.

The IMU parking ramp is expected to be at capacity, but those attending the book-signing event can also park in the North Ramp and University Town Centre parking ramp.

There will be no photo opportunities for media at the book signing. However, University Relations News Services will provide photographs of the book signing for media at approximately 4:30 p.m. on its Web site:

Carter will receive the UI Lecture Committee's Distinguished Lecture Award during his appearance at the university. The objective of this event is to feature a renowned citizen who is distinguished in his/her knowledge, experience, influence and position in public office, foreign affairs, industry, science, literature or the arts. The lecture is intended to address compelling issues that both appeal to and inspire UI students, faculty and staff. Past medal recipients include Frank McCourt, Janet Reno, Bill Clinton, Howard Zinn, Lech Walesa, Coretta Scott King and Maya Angelou.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the University Book Store or University Box Office in advance at 319-335-3179 or 319-335-3041.

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

CONTACTS: Program: UI Lecture Committee, 319-335-3255,; University Book Store, 319-335-3179; University Box Office, 319-335-3041 or 800-346-4401 Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,

OTHER INFORMATION: Previous releases on the Carter events: and

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