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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak on environmental ethics at Columbia College

Columbia, Mo. - Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an attorney and activist credited with leading the fight to protect New York City's water supply, will speak on "Our Environmental Ethical Destiny" at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 9 in Launer Auditorium on the Columbia College campus.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the Althea and John Schiffman Endowed Lecture Series. The series was established in 2003 to engage students, faculty, staff and the Columbia community in discussions about ethical issues surrounding contemporary events. Previous speakers include Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi; and John Kasich, former Ohio Congressman.

"Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is one of the most prominent environmental lawyers in the country today," said Anthony Alioto, Ph.D., the endowed chair for ethics, religious studies and philosophy at Columbia College. "Anyone who attends this lecture will learn that protecting the environment is one of the most important things a citizen of the United States can do."

Kennedy serves as senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, president of the Waterkeeper Alliance and chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper. He also is co-director, supervising attorney and clinical professor at the Pace University School of Law Environmental Litigation Clinic. In 2004, he became co-host of Ring of Fire on Air America Radio. Earlier in his career, Kennedy served as an assistant district attorney in New York City. He has worked on several political campaigns including the presidential campaigns of Edward M. Kennedy, Al Gore and John Kerry.

Kennedy's published works include the New York Times' best seller Crimes Against Nature (2004), The Riverkeepers (1997) and Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr.: A Biography (1977), as well as various articles on environmental issues.

A graduate of Harvard University, Kennedy studied at the London School of Economics and received his law degree from the University of Virginia. He went on to receive a master's degree in environmental law from the Pace University School of Law.

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Note: The media will have an opportunity to interview Kennedy at a briefing at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 in the Cougar Room at Columbia College. More information can be obtained by contacting Barbara Payne at (573) 875-7230.