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March 28, 2007

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Former President Jimmy Carter To Speak At UI April 18

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will speak about his new book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" and issues in the Middle East at the University of Iowa Wednesday, April 18 in Carver Hawkeye Arena. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

Carter's speech, presented by the UI Lecture Committee is free and open to the public, but tickets will be required. Tickets (limit two per person) may be obtained only from the University Box Office in the Iowa Memorial Union, on the following dates from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.:

--Monday through Wednesday, April 2-4 UI students only (must present UI identification).

--Thursday, April 5: UI faculty and staff (must present UI identification).

--Friday, April 6: general public.

 "We are excited to be a part of this event, particularly because of President Carter's emphasis on engaging the student population. It will be an opportunity for students to participate in a dialogue about foreign policy issues with one of the world's most notable thinkers," said Shannon Thomas, chair of the Lecture Committee. "His presence on campus gives all Iowans the unique opportunity to expand our understanding about the state of world affairs."

UI students who have a question for President Carter can either submit it via the Lecture Committee Web site at or in person at University Box Office at the IMU. Any UI student who submits a question and who wishes to have his or her name entered into a drawing to meet President Carter can do so by selecting the appropriate box on the form. UI students who submit questions may also remain anonymous.

Students from universities and colleges in Iowa and the surrounding area are invited to the lecture and can request tickets by calling the University Box Office at 800-346-4401.

Carter will receive the UI Lecture Committee's Distinguished Lecture Award during his appearance at the university. The objective of this event is to feature a renowned citizen who is distinguished in his/her knowledge, experience, influence and position in public office, foreign affairs, industry, science, literature or the arts. The lecture is intended to address compelling issues that both appeal to and inspire UI students, faculty and staff. Past medal recipients include Frank McCourt, Janet Reno, Bill Clinton, Howard Zinn, Lech Walesa, Coretta Scott King and Maya Angelou.

Carter will also be signing copies of his new book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," on Wednesday, April 18, from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. Doors will open at 2 p.m. The University Book Store will have the book available for purchase on site. According to the publisher Simon and Shuster, the book "offers an assessment of what must be done to bring permanent peace to Israel with dignity and justice to Palestine. President Carter shares his intimate knowledge of the history of the Middle East and his personal experiences with the principal actors, and he addresses sensitive political issues many American officials avoid."

Carter was born in Plains, Georgia, and served as 39th President of the United States, from Jan. 20, 1977, to Jan. 20, 1981. Significant foreign policy accomplishments of his administration included the Panama Canal treaties, the Camp David Accords, the treaty of peace between Egypt and Israel, the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union, and the establishment of U.S. diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China. On the domestic side, the administration's achievements included a comprehensive energy program conducted by a new Department of Energy; deregulation in energy, transportation, communications, and finance; major educational programs under a new Department of Education; and major environmental protection legislation, including the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.

In 2002, the Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Carter "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development."

He and his wife Rosalynn founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization that prevents and resolves conflicts, enhances freedom and democracy, and improves health around the world. President Carter and The Carter Center have engaged in conflict mediation in several countries and sent 67 international election-monitoring delegations to elections in the Americas, Africa and Asia.

Carter is the author of 21 books, including "An Hour Before Daylight" and "Our Endangered Values." He received a Best Spoken Word Grammy Award for his recording of "Our Endangered Values." For a complete Carter biography, see

As with all university events, individuals with special accommodations are encouraged to attend. For questions regarding the ticketing process or special accommodations, please contact the University Box Office at 319-335-3041 or 800-346-4401.

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

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory 319-384-0012,; Program: UI Lecture Committee, 319-335-3255,