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Performing Arts and Speaker Series

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. - Our Environmental Destiny

Photo of KennedyTime: November 2, 2006, 7:30pm

Location: McConnell Auditorium

TICKETS: Reserved Seats $25; General Admission $15; Students with I.D. Free

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s reputation as a staunch defender of the environment emerged from a litany of successful legal actions including winning numerous settlements for Riverkeeper, an advocacy group that monitors the Hudson River ecosystem, and prosecuting governments and companies for polluting the Hudson River and Long Island Sound. He has worked on environmental issues across the Americas and has assisted several indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties to protect traditional homelands. Kennedy is also credited with leading the fight to protect New York City's water supply. The New York City watershed agreement, which he negotiated on behalf of environmentalists and New York City consumers, is regarded as an international model in stakeholder consensus negotiations and sustainable development. He was a leader in the fight to turn back anti-environmental legislation during the 104th Congress.

As chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper, Kennedy argues cases to expand citizen access to the shoreline and sues treatment plants to force compliance with the Clean Water Act. However, Kennedy's message is about more than clean water and pristine rivers. It is a call to action for people to make a contribution and a difference in their world. Released in fall 2004, Kennedy's New York Times bestseller, Crimes Against Nature, compares the environmental record of current and past administrations. Kennedy is also a clinical professor and supervising attorney at New York's Pace University School of Law's Environmental Litigation Clinic and is co-host of Ring of Fire on Air America Radio. Time named Kennedy one of the "Heroes for the Planet" for his success helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. The group's achievements helped spawn more than 125 organizations across the globe. More recently, he was featured alongside Al Gore and other environmental crusaders on the cover of Vanity Fair's first "Green Issue." In this moving lecture, "Our Environmental Destiny," Kennedy tells of time spent with his father on the Hudson River, recalls Native American folklore, and invokes a pride in America's physical landscape that will leave audiences reflective and inspired.

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