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Aug. 23, 2006

Rep. Jim Leach Will Deliver Annual Kurtz Lecture Sept. 1

Rep. Jim Leach will speak on the "Politics of Power" in delivering the annual Kurtz Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

Sponsored by the UI College of Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Iowa's 2nd District congressman, Leach was first elected in November 1976 to the 95th Congress and each succeeding Congress. His House assignments include serving as a member of the Committee on International Relations, chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs and a member of the Committee on Financial Services. He is also a member of the Congressional Arts Caucus, a member of the Princeton University Board of Trustees, and vice chairman of the board of The Century Foundation.

His numerous awards and honorary degrees include The Wayne Morse Integrity in Politics Award, The Adlai Stevenson Award, the United Nations Association's Congressional Award for Commitment to the Principles of the U.N. Charter and the Sierra Club's Edgar Wayburn Award. He received his bachelor's degree in political science from Princeton University in 1964, his master's degree in Soviet politics from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and was a research student in economics and Soviet politics at the London School of Economics from 1966-68. He is a 1960 Iowa High School State Wrestling Champion and a member of the Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla., and the International Wrestling Hall of Fame in Newton, Iowa. A native of Davenport, Iowa, he currently resides in Iowa City with his wife, Elisabeth; son, Gallagher; and daughter, Jenny.

The annual Kurtz Lecture is named for the late Edwin B. Kurtz, professor and head of the UI Electrical Engineering Department between 1929 and 1960. He was the architect of the world's first educational television station and directed the operation of the experimental station W9xk in Iowa City during the 1930s.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in advance at 319-335-5197.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu