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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to speak at DelVal

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., an environmental activist and lawyer, will speak at Delaware Valley University in October.

Jun 24, 2015

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., an environmental activist and lawyer, will be speaking at Delaware Valley University on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Life Sciences Building auditorium. Following his presentation, “Our Environmental Destiny,” there will be a book signing and meet-and-greet.

The presentation will be part of the University’s annual sustainability symposia series, The Precarious Alliance, which will be held this year on its Doylestown, Pennsylvania, campus Oct. 14-16. The 2015 symposium, “Land and the American Dream,” will provide a cross-disciplinary discussion of how competing versions and visions of the American Dream have contributed to economic, social and environmental concerns and explore practical solutions for a more sustainable American Dream.

“Part of our role as a university is to bring together people from different industries and environmental viewpoints to discuss pressing issues related to sustainability,” said Precarious Alliance Co-Chair Dr. Michael Stamps. “Whatever you call it, ‘The American Dream’ is a local, national, and global phenomenon. This year’s event will take a hard look at how it has impacted land use in Bucks County, across the nation and around the world. The line-up of guest speakers and presenters for this event continues to grow. DelVal is thrilled to host this event, and honored to bring to our campus, our students and the community commentators such as Mr. Kennedy, James Howard Kunstler, Elizabeth Royte, Ted Jojola, Cris Stainbrook, Daniel Salau Rogei and Seamus McGraw, among others.”

Kennedy was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success helping Riverkeeper, a member-supported watchdog organization, lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. He was also featured in “The Last Mountain,” a Sundance Film Festival official selection for 2011. The film examines the struggle to save Coal River Mountain in Coal River Valley, West Virginia, the last mountain in the area untouched by the mining practice of mountain top removal—a topic to be addressed at the upcoming conference.

Kennedy is the author of several books such as the New York Times’ bestseller, “Crimes Against Nature” and “The Riverkeepers.” His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Nation, Outside Magazine, The Village Voice and many other publications.

He is the chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and president of Waterkeeper Alliance. He is also a clinical professor and supervising attorney at Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic and is co-host of “Ring of Fire,” a national radio program. Kennedy has worked on environmental issues across the U.S. and has assisted several indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties protecting traditional homelands.

Register: To view the schedule for “Land and the American Dream” and purchase tickets, please visit: precariousalliance.org. Register before Sept. 1 to receive an early bird discount. Before Sept. 1, admission to the full three-day conference is $50 for the general public and $25 for students. Tickets are also available for individual days of the conference for $25.00.