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NMSU Honors Program to present Robert Kennedy Jr.

Environmental attorney Robert Kennedy Jr. will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at New Mexico State University's Pan American Center.

Environmental attorney Robert Kennedy Jr. will present "Our Environmental Destiny" as part of the University Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at the Pan American Center. (Courtesy Photo)

Kennedy's presentation, "Our Environmental Destiny," is part of the University Speakers Series, which brings prominent speakers to Las Cruces each spring. No tickets are required and admission is free.

Recently lauded by "Successful Meetings" magazine as a man whose message supercedes his golden name, Kennedy has a reputation as a resolute defender of the environment. This reputation stems from his many successful legal actions including prosecuting governments and companies for polluting the Hudson River and Long Island Sound, winning settlements for the Hudson Riverkeeper environmental organization, arguing cases to expand citizen access to the shoreline and suing sewage treatment plants to force compliance with the Clean Water Act.

Following Kennedy's presentation, the NMSU Bookstore will host a book signing in the Pan Am Center Lobby where Kennedy will be available to sign "The Riverkeepers," which he co-authored with John Cronin, and the documentary film "Heroes for the Planet," also by Cronin and Kennedy. The book and film will be available for sale at the event.

Kennedy serves as chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and as president of the Waterkeeper Alliance. He also is a clinical professor and supervising attorney at the Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace University School of Law in New York.

During the summer of 2001 he sat in a Puerto Rican prison on trespassing charges as his most recent son, Aidan Caohman Vieques Kennedy, was born. Sentenced to 30 days for his civil disobedience, Kennedy was in Vieques protesting the U.S. Naval bombing exercises that take place there every year.

Earlier in his career he served as assistant district attorney in New York City. He has worked on several political campaigns, including Edward M. Kennedy's 1980 presidential campaign and Al Gore's in 2000.

Kennedy is a graduate of Harvard University. He studied at the London School of Economics and received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School.

He is a licensed master falconer and as often as possible he pursues a life-long enthusiasm for white-water paddling.

The University Speakers Series, presented each spring by the Honors Program and the Office of the Provost, strives to bring to Las Cruces distinguished lecturers who will appeal to a broad community audience. Previous speakers have included Native American author N. Scott Momaday, neurologist Oliver Sacks, primatologist Jane Goodall and social activist Gloria Steinem.

For more information call the Honors Program at (505) 646-2005.