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Special Parking, Shuttle Service Planned for F.W. de Klerk Lecture


March 27, 1998 -- In anticipation of another largepublic turnout for its Great Names Series, Hamilton College officialshave announced special parking and shuttle bus plans for the lecture by F.W. deKlerk on Wednesday, April 8.

De Klerk, South Africa's last president under apartheid, will speak at 7:30p.m., in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Thetalk is free and open to the public.

The college will provide shuttle bus service from parking lots on campus, theSkenandoa Golf Club on Norton Avenue and the Clinton Central School parkinglot. Shuttle service will begin at 6 p.m. Security officers will be stationedat key intersections on campus to direct visitors.

De Klerk, along with Nelson Mandela, played a major role in initiating thereforms that marked the end of apartheid in South Africa. He is largelycredited with laying the groundwork for South Africa's first ever multiracialelections which were held in 1994. De Klerk and Mandela were co-recipients ofthe Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 in recognition of their roles in thedemocratization of South Africa.

After serving as a deputy president in a coalition government headed by NelsonMandela, de Klerk retired from active politics in 1997. He now spends most ofhis 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'sGreat Names Series. His address will be interpreted for the deaf andhearing impaired. Those needing special parking and seating arrangementsbecause of physical handicaps are asked to call 859-4012. Photography duringthe event will not be allowed.

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