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Release: Immediate

Nationally-syndicated columnist Molly Ivins to speak at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Molly Ivins, a nationally-syndicated columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, will speak at the University of Iowa Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. Her lecture, "Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?" is the last in the UI Lecture Committee's fall series.

Ivins has written for newspapers and magazines including the Houston Chronicle, the Minneapolis Tribune, The Texas Observer, and The New York Times in her three decades as a reporter. Her freelance work has appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic, The Nation, Harper's, and numerous other publications. She has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize three times and received 1992's Headliners Award for the best newspaper column in Texas.

However, displaying the trademark humor of her columns, Ivins says that two of her greatest honors are that the Minneapolis police force named its mascot pig after her and that she was once banned from the campus of Texas A and M University.

Locally, Ivins' column appears on Mondays in The Gazette.

For further information, contact the UI Lecture Committee (319) 335-3255.

(Note to editors and news directors: Ivins will be available for interviews at 5 p.m. Nov. 11 on the IMU Sun Porch, which is located off the Main Lounge.)

11/7/97