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Release: April 16, 2002

Pulitzer winner David Halberstam to give April 19 Levitt Lecture

David Halberstam, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, will visit the University of Iowa College of Law Friday, April 19 when Halberstam will speak on "America and the World: New Challenges in a Time of Uncertainty" as part of the law school's Richard S. Levitt Family Distinguished Lecture Series. The free, public lecture begins at 4 p.m. in the Levitt Auditorium at the Boyd Law Building.

Halberstam is regarded as an historian and a commentator, and has appeared on various national television programs discussing American foreign policy in the wake of last September's terrorist attacks on the United States. His latest book, War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton and the Generals, investigates American foreign policy in the 1990s. Halberstam's forthcoming book Firehouse, due out in June, is a narrative about the firefighters assigned to New York City Engine 40 Ladder 35, who died trying to rescue the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center towers.

Halberstam enjoys an international reputation as a writer whose best-selling books range from the topics of cultural history and contemporary public policy to sports figures. He became widely known in the early 1960s when he was a young New York Times journalist who began to report that the U.S. was losing the Vietnam War. According to his biography, "Halberstam's reporting so annoyed President Kennedy that the latter asked the publisher of The New York Times to transfer him to another bureau." At the age of 30, he was named co-winner of the 1964 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. He shared the award with Malcolm W. Browne of the Associated Press for their individual reporting of the Vietnam War and the overthrow of former Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem's regime.

Some critics say Halberstam's best work is The Best and the Brightest, which charts the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. He followed that title with The Powers That Be, and The Reckoning, two of his other celebrated books that deal, respectively, with the media and the Japanese as an economic superpower.

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 UI 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 Lectures include U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, former Attorney General Janet Reno, and four Nobel Peace Prize Winners, Abba Eban, John Hume, Bishop Desmond Tutu and Elie Wiesel.