Location changed for Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s presentation as part of environmental lecture series

Theme of this year's Ethics/Religion and Society Lecture Series is Global Climate Change | August 29, 2008

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., known as a resolute defender of the environment, presents a lecture, “Our Environmental Destiny,” on Thursday, Oct. 2, in the first of Xavier’s annual Ethics/Religion and Society Lecture Series for 2008-2009. Kennedy will appear at 7:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center arena on the Xavier campus instead of the James & Caroline Duff Banquet Center in the Cintas Center. A high demand for tickets led to a change of location for the lecture.

Kennedy’s reputation as an environmentalist stems from a litany of successful legal actions. He was named one of Time magazine's “Heroes for the Planet” for his success in helping the group Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. The group's achievement helped spawn more than 160 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe.

Kennedy serves as senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, 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 on Air America Radio.

Earlier in his career, he served as assistant district attorney in New York City. Among his published books are the New York Times bestseller Crimes Against Nature (2004); The Riverkeepers (1997); and Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr: A Biography (1977).

Kennedy’s lecture is co-sponsored by Xavier’s Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. The theme of this year’s lecture series is Ecology and Sustainability: Global Climate Change.

There is no charge for the event, but tickets are required. Distribution began on Sept. 2.

Tickets may be obtained at the walk-up window at the Cintas Center, open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. You may also mail the request form, which you can download at http://www.xavier.edu/ers/Kennedy-ticket-forme.pdf, along with a self-addressed stamped business-size envelope, to the Cintas Center. Any tickets not distributed in advance will be available at the door the evening of the event. For information on ticket availability, call 513-745-3411 ext. 7.