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Release: April 16, 2002
Pulitzer winner David Halberstam to give April 19 Levitt Lecture
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.