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January 23, 2006

Arts & Lectures hosts Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

By Scott Rappaport

Tickets are still available for the Thursday, January 26, lecture by author, attorney, and environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will discuss "Our Environmental Destiny."

The event—a featured presentation of this year’s UCSC Arts & Lectures lineup—will begin at 8 p.m. 

The Santa Cruz lecture will be the only appearance by Kennedy in the Bay Area or Central Coast scheduled for this year. He will speak on the topic: “Our Environmental Destiny.”

Kennedy is senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, and president of the Waterkeeper Alliance. He is also a clinical professor and supervising attorney at Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic, and cohost of “Ring of Fire” on Air America Radio. Earlier in his career, Kennedy served as assistant district attorney in New York City.

"Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s appearance underscores Arts & Lectures’ commitment to bringing some of the leading visionaries of our time to Santa Cruz,” noted Michelle Witt, director of Arts & Lectures. “His message is one of deep significance for the future of our natural environment, and, ultimately, for each one of us."

A graduate of Harvard University, Kennedy studied at the London School of Economics, received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School, and a master’s degree in environmental law from Pace University School of Law.

Kennedy is the author of the New York Times bestseller Crimes Against Nature (2004), The Riverkeepers (1997), and Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr: A Biography (1977). His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Nation, Outside Magazine, Village Voice, and many other publications.

Tickets are available only through the Santa Cruz Civic Box Office: (831) 420-5260 and Ticketmaster outlets, including Admission: adults, $30; students & seniors with ID, $27; UCSC students with ID, $15. (Gold Circle: $50).

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