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Last modified: Thursday, October 20, 2005

Gen. Wesley Clark to speak at IU Bloomington on Oct. 31

Oct. 20, 2005

EDITORS: A 10-minute media availability with Clark will be held backstage at the IU Auditorium at 6:45 p.m. Electronic media are welcome to cover the speech but may only record during the question-and-answer session following his prepared remarks.

Gen. Wesley Clark

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander of Europe and a former Democratic candidate for president, will present a Union Board lecture at Indiana University Bloomington on Monday, Oct. 31. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Clark will speak at 7 p.m. in the IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St. A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture.

Other sponsors are the Office of the Chancellor, the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, IU College Democrats and the Wells Scholars Program.

Before his retirement from the military, Clark was a four-star general and one of the most highly-decorated military officials since Dwight D. Eisenhower. His campaign for the presidency in 2004 brought him into the national spotlight, but his distinguished military career spans decades. From Vietnam to Latin America and finally to a commanding position in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, where he served as Supreme Allied Commander of Europe from 1997 to 2000, Clark's leadership has taken him all over the world. Clark commanded NATO forces to success in the Kosovo conflict, saving 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing without a single Allied casualty.

Before becoming Supreme Allied Commander of Europe, Clark served as commander in chief of the U.S. Southern Command in Panama, where he was responsible for the direction of military action and interest in Latin America and the Caribbean. His previous assignment was as the director for strategic plans and policy for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he oversaw worldwide politico-military affairs and U.S. strategic planning.

Now a frequent television commentator and newspaper pundit on the war in Iraq, the fight against terrorism and American foreign policy, Clark is the author of Winning Modern Wars: Iraq, Terrorism and the American Empire (PublicAffairs, 2003) and the insightful, detailed memoir of NATO's victorious Kosovo campaign, the Washington Post bestseller Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo and the Future of Combat (PublicAffairs, 2001).

Clark is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., where he graduated first in his class. He holds a master's degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.