SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — Robert F. Kennedy Jr., nationally recognized environmental attorney, is the featured speaker at the Wittenberg Series-sponsored Fred R. Leventhal Family Endowed Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Center on campus.
A member of one of the most renowned political families in the United States, Kennedy is a prominent and distinguished environmental lawyer who is credited with leading the fight to protect New York City’s water supply. Kennedy’s address is titled “Our Environmental Destiny.”
The chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper, an organization dedicated to safeguarding the ecological integrity of the Hudson River, its tributaries and the watershed of New York City, Kennedy also serves as senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council and as president of the Waterkeeper Alliance. In addition, Kennedy is a clinical professor at Pace University School of Law and a supervising attorney at the Environmental Litigation Clinic in White Plains, N.Y.
A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Virginia Law School, Kennedy has recently published two books: Crimes Against Nature (2004), which details the environmental record of the current Bush administration, and Saint Francis of Assisi: A Life of Joy (2005), a book for children of all ages describing the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, who dedicated his life to serving others. He has also published articles in such periodicals as the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.
Every year, the Wittenberg Series brings distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the campus and local community. The Fred R. Leventhal Family Endowed Lecture is made possible by a gift to Wittenberg University from the Fred R. Leventhal Family of Springfield. Previous lecturers have included Pultizer Prize-winning reporter and author David Halberstam, famed financial analyst, editor and publisher Malcolm Forbes, 1986 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel, journalists Charles Osgood and Carl Bernstein, historian Doris Kearns, civil rights advocate Morris Dees and public health leader Deborah Prothrow-Stith.
For more information about the Wittenberg Series, visit the university’s Web site. To make special arrangements, reserve a series poster or become a friend of the Wittenberg Series, contact Series coordinator Gwendolyn Scheffel at (937) 327-7918, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Leslie Banas '06
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