National environmental leader will talk about the importance and influence of campus and grassroots education and activism in influencing U.S. policy for clean energy and reducing global climate change.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Duk Kim, PhD, 563/333-6169
Robert K. Musil, PhD, MPH, is the President and CEO of the Rachel Carson Council, the legacy organization envisioned by Rachel Carson and founded in 1965 by her closest friends and colleagues. Musil was named President and CEO in February, 2014 and is only the third head of this historic environmental group. He is an acclaimed environmental leader and activist and was the longest-serving executive director and CEO of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), an organization which was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.
Sustainability and environmental issues were at the forefront of Musil's PSR leadership and he regularly met with presidents and other national and international officials to promote the causes of safe, affordable drinking water and clean air and to prevent toxic pollution and global climate change. He also has been a leading advocate for the cause of nuclear arms control.
Currently at American University as adjunct professor in the Nuclear Studies Institute and senior fellow at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, he teaches global climate change and American environmental politics. He is a graduate of Yale and Northwestern Universities and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
Musil has published two books and numerous articles on the environment. From 1978 through 1992, he was executive producer and host of "Consider the Alternatives," a weekly radio program syndicated to more than 150 stations. He has produced video and radio documentaries on health and the environment and is a two-time winner of the Armstrong Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.
In his lecture, Musil will show how Catholic liberal arts colleges, student engagement, and a broader movement of environmental and faith-based efforts have succeeded in changing attitudes about global climate change. He shares how everyone can become engaged and make a difference through their own choices and in joining with others. Musil inspires students and citizens and convinces them that what they do in a democracy really does matter.
A book signing and reception will follow the lecture.
The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program was established in 1973 to encourage the flow of ideas between the academic and non-academic sectors of society. Public lectures are a key part of this prestigious program.
This lecture is part of St. Ambrose University's "Sustainability Project," a year-long series examining our ability to sustain ecological systems through the arts, sciences and humanities.