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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to lead 2007 DePauw Discourse this fall

Friday, August 3, 2007

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
A three-day forum this fall, "DePauw Discourse 2007: Sustainability and Global Citizenship," will provide members of the University community with opportunities to engage in thought-provoking discussion about pressing global environmental challenges.

Set for Oct. 4-6, DePauw Discourse lectures, which are presented by the Washington C. DePauw Society, are free and open to all.

The keynote address for DePauw Discourse will be provided by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Other sessions will feature the following individuals:

* Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Deep Economy

* Cristina Mittermeier, photographer, writer, and executive director of the International League of Conservation Photographers

* Wallace J. Nichols, Ocean Conservancy senior researcher, California Academy of Sciences research associate

* Kerry Pannell, associate professor of economics and management, DePauw University

* Kay Pashos, vice president for regulatory strategy at Duke Energy

* Glenn T. Prickett, senior vice president for business and U.S. government relations, Conservation International

* Jennifer Everett, assistant professor of philosophy and sustainability programs coordinator, DePauw University

* Michele Villinski, assistant professor of economics and management, director of McDermond Center for Management and Entrepreneurship, DePauw University

* Greg Watson, vice president for sustainable development and renewable energy, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative

"As we look forward to the fourth annual DePauw Discourse, this year's distinctive emphasis on sustainability and environmental challenges will provide a timely opportunity for the DePauw community to engage prominent leaders and thinkers regarding some of the world's most important issues." says Joyce Taglauer Green, chair of DePauw Discourse.

DePauw Discourse 2007 will begin at 4 p.m. Oct. 4 with an opening lecture by Bill McKibben (pictured at right). McKibben's first book, The End of Nature is regarded as the first to address the issue of climate change to a general audience, and has been printed in more than 20 languages. His most recent book, Deep Economy: the Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, advocates for new approaches to consumption in an age of global warming. He proposes "pursuing prosperity in a more local direction, with cities, suburbs, and regions producing more of their own food, generating more of their own energy, and even creating more of their own culture and entertainment."

At 8 p.m. Oct. 4, "The 11th Hour," the new environmental documentary produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, will be the focus of a special screening and discussion with Discourse participants Bill McKibben, Greg Watson, and Wallace J. Nichols, all three of whom are featured in the film.

Professor Jennifer Everett will moderate the session. The documentary examines the state of the global environment, and includes visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet's beleaguered ecosystems.

Friday, Oct. 5 Discourse conversations will feature DePauw alumnus and Ocean Conservancy senior researcher Wallace J. Nichols. A Fulbright Fellow, Nichols is the founder of Ocean Revolution, an international program designed to inspire and empower young people to protect our oceans. Nichols is also the author of more than fifty scientific papers, book chapters, popular articles, and reports on sea turtle ecology and ocean conservation. His sea turtle research has also been spotlighted on Animal Planet and PBStson and Kay Pashos will discuss alternative energy sources with DePauw assistant professor of economics and management, Michele Villinski. Watson is vice president for sustainable development and renewable technologies for the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Having worked closely with the U.S. Department of Energy and General Electric, he is a leader of the Offshore Wind Collaborative.

Kay Pashos is vice president of regulatory strategy for Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the United States. Pashos has served as president of Duke Energy Indiana and is currently on the board of directors of the Indiana Energy Association.

Glenn Prickett, Conservation International senior vice president for business and U.S. government relations, will hold a discussion with Kerry Pannell, DePauw University associate professor of economics and management. They will explore what government and business can and should be doing to engage global environmental problems, including issues of climate change, biodiversity, water, and energy security. Prickett is the executive director of Conservation International's Center for Environmental Leadership in Business.

Cristina Mittermeier, executive director of the International League of Conservation Photographers, will discuss her recent work with Conservation International that uses high quality imagery as an effective story-telling conservation tool. A marine biologist by training, Mittermeier turned to photography out of the need to communicate with a larger audience and to portray the link between people and their environment. In the last decade, she has co-edited eight books and her photos have been featured in major magazines throughout the world.

Friday evening will conclude with 8 p.m. remarks by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., entitled "A Contract with Our Future."

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