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Nov. 13, 2003

MEDIA ADVISORY: Linda Chavez Press Conference Set For Friday

Linda Chavez will be available for media interviews during a pre-event telephone press conference at the University of Iowa at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 in Room 145 of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Chavez, syndicated columnist, author and president of the Center for Equal Opportunity, will speak about her life as a conservative Hispanic at the UI at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 in the Main Lounge of the IMU.

As president of the Center for Equal Opportunity, a non-profit public policy research organization in Washington, D.C., Chavez has been a leader in the fight against affirmative action programs. Her books include "Out of the Barrio: Toward a New Politics of Hispanic Assimilation" in 1991 and "An Unlikely Conservative: The Transformation of an ex-Liberal (or How I Came to Be the Most Hated Hispanic in America)" in 2002. In 2000, Chavez was honored by the Library of Congress as a "Living Legend" for her contributions to America's cultural and historical legacy.

Chavez has held a number of appointed positions, among them chairman of the National Commission on Migrant Education (1988-1992); White House director of public liaison (1985); staff director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1983-1985); and a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (1984-1986). In 1992, she was elected by the United Nations' Human Rights Commission to serve a four-year term as U.S. Expert to the U.N. Sub-commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities. Chavez was also editor of the prize-winning quarterly journal American Educator (1977-1983), published by the American Federation of Teachers, where she also served as assistant to AFT president Al Shanker (1982-1983) and assistant director of legislation (1975-1977). Chavez was also nominated to be U.S. Secretary of Labor by President George W. Bush.

The University Lecture Committee is sponsoring her lecture.

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

CONTACT(S): Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu.