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February 21, 2003

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to lecture on environmental destiny at Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Internationally recognized environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will lecture at Birmingham-Southern College March 12.

Kennedy will deliver the 2003 Alex P. Stirling Lecture at 7 p.m. in Munger Hall Auditorium. His presentation is titled “Environmental Destiny.” The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

The Stirling Lecture is sponsored annually by the BSC Student Government Association in memory of the Birmingham-Southern student who died of cancer in 1995.

Recently lauded by Successful Meetings magazine as a man whose message supercedes his name, Kennedy is recognized as a pioneering environmental attorney. He is chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

He has led the fight to protect New York City's water supply, prosecuted governments and companies for polluting the Hudson River and Long Island Sound, argued cases to expand citizen access to the shoreline, sued sewage treatment plants to force compliance with the Clean Water Act, fought to turn back the anti-environment legislation during the 104th Congress, and assisted indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties protecting traditional homelands.

Kennedy's articles have appeared in The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Pace Environmental Law Review, and other publications. His published books include Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr., A Biography and his latest book, Riverkeepers, co-written with John Cronin.

Kennedy also serves as president of the Waterkeeper Alliance and is a clinical professor and supervising attorney at the Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace University School of Law in New York.

For more information, call BSC's Office of Student Affairs at 226-4729.



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