De Klerk, South Africa's last president under apartheid, will speak at 7:30 p.m., in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.
The college will provide shuttle bus service from parking lots on campus, the Skenandoa Golf Club on Norton Avenue and the Clinton Central School parking lot. Shuttle service will begin at 6 p.m. Security officers will be stationed at key intersections on campus to direct visitors.
De Klerk, along with Nelson Mandela, played a major role in initiating the reforms that marked the end of apartheid in South Africa. He is largely credited with laying the groundwork for South Africa's first ever multiracial elections which were held in 1994. De Klerk and Mandela were co-recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 in recognition of their roles in the democratization of South Africa.
After serving as a deputy president in a coalition government headed by Nelson Mandela, de Klerk retired from active politics in 1997. He now spends most of his time lecturing throughout the world and working on his autobiography.
F.W. de Klerk will be the fourth person to appear as part of Hamilton's Great Names Series. His address will be interpreted for the deaf and hearing impaired. Those needing special parking and seating arrangements because of physical handicaps are asked to call 859-4012. Photography during the event will not be allowed.