Maybe it’s just a coincidence that Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s upcoming speaking engagements are scheduled in early primary states along the campaign trail this fall.
Then again, maybe it’s the start of something beautiful. We can only hope.
IOWA – SEPT. 12
His first stop is Iowa, site of one of the most crucial early primaries (the primary election is January 14, 2008). Kennedy will be there next week, appearing as a featured lecturer in the annual University of Iowa Lecture Series, sponsored by the UI Lecture Committee. Other speakers include Watergate whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg.
RFK Jr. will speak at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 12 in Iowa City’s UI Memorial Union Main Lounge. This event is FREE and open to the public. Click here for more information.
ARKANSAS – SEPT. 19
Next stop is Conway, Arkansas, 30 miles north of Little Rock in the heart of “Clinton Country.” RFK Jr. will deliver the inaugural Farris Lecture at the University of Central Arkansas on Wednesday, Sept. 19.
The event, which will be free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus. After his address, entitled “Crimes Against Nature,” Kennedy will participate in a question-and-answer session with the audience, and a book signing will follow.
The Arkansas primary takes place on Feb. 5, 2008. For more information on Kennedy’s appearance at the University of Central Arkansas, please visit UCA’s web site.
ILLINOIS – OCT. 3
Then it’s on to Illinois (primary election Feb. 5, 2008), where Kennedy will lecture on Environmental Sustainability on the campus of Western Illinois University.
The 2007-2008 Speaker Series begins with RFK Jr. discussing “Our Environmental Destiny” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Western Hall on the WIU-Macomb campus.
You can get more information at Western’s web site.
INDIANA – OCT. 5
Bobby’s whirlwind tour of the midwest that week will wind up in Indiana (whose primary election is May 6, 2008). He will be on the DePauw University campus to take part in “DePauw Discourse 2007: Sustainability and Global Citizenship,” October 4-6.
Kennedy’s speech on Friday, October 5 will begin at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Kresge Auditorium. It is FREE and open to the public. The title of his lecture is “A Contract With Our Future.”
“THE ENVIRONMENT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE” – RFK JR.
Kennedy will headline the three-day event, which focuses on environmental issues.
“The environment is the most important, the most fundamental, civil-rights issue,” Kennedy stated in a 2004 interview. “In the word ecology, the root ‘eco’ is the Greek word for home. It’s really about how we manage our home. The environmental movement is a struggle over the control of the commons — the publicly owned resources, the things that cannot be reduced to private property — the air, the water, the wandering animals, the public land, the wildlife, the fisheries. The things that from the beginning of time have always been part of the public trust.”
“This is how far we’ve come,” Kennedy explained to New York magazine. “In thirteenth-century England, it was illegal to burn coal in London. People were executed for it. Public land was not to be despoiled. Today, in the Appalachians, some of the oldest geology on the planet, where Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett roamed, they mine coal by chopping off the tops of mountains with giant, 22-story-high machines called draglines. The earth, the real capital of human enterprise, is treated like a business in liquidation.”
For more information on “DePauw Discourse 2007: Sustainability and Global Citizenship,” visit the event’s official Web site.
MASSACHUSETTS – OCT. 18
Two weeks later, RFK Jr. returns to “Kennedy Country” in Massachusetts to appear at a special Special Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change kick-off event Thursday, October 18th, at 7:30 pm at the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, MA.
The three-day event is sponsored by the Marion Institute and UMASS Dartmouth. Although registration for the full conference requires a fee, admission to Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s speech is FREE. Seating is limited and is first come, first serve.
To learn more about the Bioneers By the Bay Conference and other featured speakers this year, visit the Connecting for Change web site.
The Bay State’s primary election is to take place on March 4, 2008. For a complete list of presidential primary dates, please see related story below.
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