Jack W. Peltason, president of the nine-campus University of California system, will present the 17th David Dodds Henry Lecture on Oct. 18. The lecture, "Reactionary Thoughts of a Revolutionary," will begin at 3 p.m. in Illini Rooms B and C of the Illini Union. The event is free and open to the public. The lecture series was established in 1971 by the UI Foundation and the board of trustees to honor President Emeritus David D. Henry. Henry, who died Sept. 4 at the age of 89, served as the 12th chief executive officer of the university from 1955 until his retirement on Sept. 1, 1971. He remained at the Urbana-Champaign campus as distinguished professor of higher education, becoming professor emeritus in 1974. He moved to Naples, Fla., in 1985. Some of the most prominent leaders in American higher education have participated in the lecture series. Past speakers include Clark Kerr of the University of California, Hanna Holborn Gray of the University of Chicago, and Donna Shalala of the University of Wisconsin, who now is Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Peltason, who has announced he will retire from the University of California presidency on Oct. 1, served as chancellor at the Urbana campus from 1967 to 1977. After serving as president of the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C., from 1977 to 1984, he was named chancellor of the University of California's Irvine campus. He became president of the U. of C. system on Oct. 1, 1992. Trained as a political scientist, Peltason has written numerous publications on U.S. politics, including two widely used political science texts on constitutional law and government. Speaking in response to Peltason's address will be Prof. James D. Anderson, head of the educational policy studies department; Chancellor Emeritus John E. Cribbet; Vice President Emeritus Eldon L. Johnson; and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sylvia Manning. The respondents are scheduled to begin their comments at 4 p.m. A reception for Peltason will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. in the South Lounge of the Illini Union.