News Release: School of Nursing , School of Public Health , Woodruff Health Sciences

Nov. 3,  2011

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to Speak at Emory University on Nov. 9

Event Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility

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World-renowned environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will deliver a public lecture at Emory University’s School of Nursing as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility.

The lecture is slated for Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1660 N. Decatur Road. Tickets, which are required, are $10 for the general public and free for Emory University faculty, staff and students.

In his lecture, “Our Environmental Destiny,” Kennedy will discuss the role natural resources play in our work, health and identity as Americans. Kennedy's reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions. Kennedy was named one of Time magazine's “Heroes of the Planet” and Rolling Stone's “100 Agents of Change” for his success in helping Riverkeepers lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. The group's achievements helped spawn more than 160 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe.  

Kennedy was recently featured in the acclaimed environmental documentary, The Last Mountain, the official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film examines the struggle to save Coal River Mountain in Coal River Valley, West Virginia—the last mountain untouched by the mining practice of mountain top removal.  

Among his published books are the New York Times bestseller Crimes Against Nature, The Riverkeepers, and Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr.: A Biography. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Esquire, The Nation, Outside magazine and many other publications. Kennedy's award-winning articles have been included in anthologies of America's best crime writing, best political writing and best science writing.    

Named in honor of President Jimmy Carter's mother—Lillian Gordy Carter—the Lillian Carter Center is dedicated to improving the health of vulnerable populations locally and globally through nursing education, practice, research and policy. The Lillian Carter Center was dedicated by President Carter on Oct. 15, 2001. 


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service.

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