Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to speak at UK

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will deliver a free lecture at the University of Kentucky next month as part of the university's efforts to highlight a means for peace in the Middle East.

Olmert is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the Singletary Center for the Arts. While the event is free and open to the public, tickets must be reserved in person at the Singletary Center Ticket Office. School school and community groups can contact Richard Greissman at 859-257-2471 for group information.

UK will also host a lecture from a "prominent Palestinian public official" in March 2010, according to the university.

Both speakers are expected to focus on the process and preconditions for peace in the Middle East.

Olmert, who resigned in September 2008, faces a corruption trial in February on charges of fraud, breach of trust and tax evasion stemming from an investigation into whether he traded favors for cash while he was mayor of Jerusalem and an official in former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's administration.