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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to Speak at UMD

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to Speak at UMD

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., vice chair and chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper, will speak on fresh water and the environment at UMD. The event will take place on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 pm in the Marshall Performing Arts Center.

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. Kennedy is also chairman of Waterkeeper Alliance, an advocacy organization dedicated to preserving and protecting water from polluters.

Kennedy said he developed an interest in rivers because his father was an environmentalist as was his uncle, President Kennedy. In an interview in 2012, Kennedy said, “We have very good environmental laws in this country. If we enforced them, we probably wouldn’t have environmental problems.” Kennedy has been fighting for water and fisheries and working for fisherman for over two decades. One of his concerns is the mercury contamination in fish found in nearly every state in the U.S. He has worked on environmental issues across the Americas and has assisted several indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties protecting traditional homelands.

Tickets required, $8 reserved seating. This event is free to UMD students. Contact MPAC Box Office at 218-726-8561, 218-726-8877 or (see UMD School of Fine Arts ticket box).

Community members may park for free in the pay lot, any maroon lot, or the meters after 6:30 pm.

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Thursday, November 15, 6 – 8:30 pm Griggs Center
Experience effective public deliberation. Make new connections. Identify priorities for collaborative action. Together with the American Commonwealth Partnership and local organizations and leaders around the state, Minnesota Campus Compact will be holding a campus-community dialogue using the National Issues Forums guide, “Shaping Our Future: How Can Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Need?,” to consider multiple perspectives on the purpose and value of higher education and to find common ground for action. The event is sponsored by the UMD Office of Civic Engagement. For info contact Alex Johnson, Erin Zoellick,, 218-726-6355.