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Jim Leach, who represented the Iowa Quad-Cities in the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years, will give this year's Ellwood F. Curtis Family Lectureship in Public Affairs. His talk is entitled "What is Precedented and Unprecedented in American Politics."
A native of Davenport, Leach represented Iowa's 2nd Congressional District from 1977-2007. He was the ninth chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 2009-2013.
The Curtis Lecture was established in memory of Ellwood F. Curtis, who served as president and vice chairman of Deere and Company during his 42-year career with the Moline-based manufacturer. Curtis was active in the Quad City community and was co-chair of Augustana College's Agenda for Leadership Campaign.