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University of Iowa News Release


Feb. 7, 2008

POSTPONED: Because of adverse weather conditions on Feb. 17, the discussion with Karl Rove presented by the UI Lecture Committee has been rescheduled. Rove will now speak Sunday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Karl Rove to discuss a career in public service in UI lecture

Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President George W. Bush, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus.

Admission to Rove's lecture, "Reflections From The Architect," is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. at the east entrance of the lounge only, and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Also participating in the lecture will be Frank Durham, professor of journalism in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, who will interview Rove. A question-and-answer session will follow the on-stage interview.

Rove has given UI Television (UITV) permission to broadcast the complete lecture after the event; a separate news release stating the day and time for that broadcast will be sent out once those details are set.

Rove's appearance is sponsored by the University Lecture Committee, with support from the F. Wendell Miller Fund.

In his role as deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to Bush, Rove oversaw the strategic planning, political affairs, public liaison and intergovernmental affairs efforts of the White House.

He previously served as chief strategist for the Bush for President Campaign. For 18 years prior to that, Rove was president of Karl Rove & Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm that worked for Republican candidates, nonpartisan causes and nonprofit groups. His clients have included more than 75 Republican U.S. Senate, Congressional and gubernatorial candidates in 24 states, as well as the Moderate Party of Sweden.

The Colorado native attended the University of Utah, the University of Texas at Austin and George Mason University. He has taught at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and in the journalism department at the University of Texas at Austin and was also a faculty member at the Salzburg Seminar.

He was a member of the Board of International Broadcasting, which oversaw operations of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, and served on the board of the McDonald Observatory before entering government.

Certain items will not be allowed into the Main Lounge during the lecture, including large parcels, handbags, bottles, cans, signs and cameras or any other kind of recording device. No bags or backpacks will be allowed, and only purses smaller than 8 1/2 x 11 are allowed. All visitors are subject to search, and university officials reserve the right to allow entry.

Rove's appearance is sponsored by the University Lecture Committee. For more than 30 years, the Lecture Committee has brought some of the world's great thinkers to the UI campus. Speakers have included an impressive roster of national and international figures in science, politics, business, human rights, law and the arts. The UI Lecture Committee is a UI Presidential Charter Committee whose membership consists of students, faculty and staff. The series is funded through student fees with select lectures supported in part by the F. Wendell Miller Fund.

NOTE TO MEDIA: There will be no media availability with Rove in connection with his appearance at the university. Television and radio journalists and news videographers and photographers may shoot and tape the event for the first five minutes of Rove's remarks. After that, reporters may take notes, but no recording devices may be used. A more detailed media advisory will be sent out next week. In the meantime, media interested in covering the event are asked to contact Tom Snee in University News Services at 319-384-0010 or by e-mail at

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sharon Benzoni, UI Lecture Committee, 319-621-5434,; Tom Snee, University News Services, 319-384-0010,