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Media advisory: Gary Hart press conference, lecture, debate viewing

LAWRENCE -- Former U.S. Sen. and Kansas native Gary Hart will be at the University of Kansas Thursday, Sept. 30, to kick off the 2004-05 Humanities Lecture Series sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities.

Hart, an Ottawa native, represented Colorado in the Senate from 1975 to 1987 and ran for president in 1984 and 1988. He will draw on his extensive foreign policy and national security experience to discuss the future of American policy under the threat of terrorism.

3:30 p.m. Thursday
Naismith Ballroom B, 2nd floor
SpringHill Suites by Marriott
Sixth and New Hampshire streets, Lawrence

Free and open to the public
--6:30 p.m.: Book signing, lobby. Hart will sign copies of his book "Restoration of the Republic: The Jeffersonian Ideal in 21st-Century America."
--7 p.m.: Free public lecture, "Security in the New Age of the 21st Century."
--8 p.m.: Viewing of first presidential debate on large TV screen.
--9:30 p.m.: Moderated discussion. Hart will lead post-debate discussion with audience.

Free and open to the public
10-11:30 a.m.: "A Conversation With Gary Hart": Colloquium at the Dole Institute of Politics on KU's west campus.

The lecture series, which is free and open to the public, also features a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former poet laureate of the United States, a leading scholar on contemporary Islam, a KU expert on World War II soldiers and a Harvard University professor who studies human nature.
-- Oct. 28: Harvard's Steven Pinker, "The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature," 7:30 p.m. Lied Center. Pinker will address modern society's unwillingness to see human behavior as nature rather than nurture.
-- Nov. 11: Rita Dove, the second African-American poet to win a Pulitzer Prize, will present "The Poet at the Dance" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Lied Center. Her 1986 poetry collection, "Thomas and Beulah," won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize.
-- Feb 17, 2005: Akbar Ahmed, a leading scholar on contemporary Islam, will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 in Woodruff Auditorium at the Kansas Union. He will discuss how traditional Islam, a non-violent belief system that values women and respects outsiders, is struggling against the fanatical elements that make up groups such as al-Qaeda.
-- April 7: Ted Wilson, KU professor of history and a former director of the Hall Center, "The GI Generation: Sending American Soldiers Into Battle in World War II," at 7:30 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Kansas Union.


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