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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 19, 2003

Clark, Ogletree Highlight Law School Guest Speakers This Fall

The University of Iowa College of Law will host two nationally recognized guest speakers during the fall semester, Harvard University law professor and reparations advocate Charles Ogletree, and retired U.S. general and possible presidential candidate Wesley Clark.

Clark will deliver the annual Levitt Lecture on Friday, Sept. 19, while Ogletree will deliver the annual Charles Murray Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 2.

As Supreme Allied Commander in Europe of NATO, Clark commanded all NATO forces during the successful 1999 NATO war against Serbia in Kosovo. Since retiring from the military, he has written the bestselling book "Waging Modern War" and is a military affairs analyst for CNN.

Clark's speech is entitled "The American Leadership Role in a Changing World." Clark is also considering seeking the Democratic Party nomination for president and is expected to announce his decision in early September.

Ogletree's speech, "New Strategies in the Reparations Debate," examines the movement to provide financial payments to African-Americans because slavery and discriminatory Jim Crow laws allowed whites to take advantage of black labor for hundreds of years. Ogletree maintains that injustice has created a racial schism that has prevented African-Americans from achieving full equality in American society. To help blacks come closer to achieving that equality, Ogletree and other attorneys are filing suit against U.S. businesses and corporations that profited from the work of African-Americans in the past but paid them little or no wages. According to Ogletree, damages collected will go into a fund that will be used to help poor African-Americans escape the poverty they live in as a result of America's past racial wrongs.

Ogletree's appearance was originally scheduled for last April, which had to be postponed for personal reasons.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu