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An Evening with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

abstract:Just the mention of the Kennedy family name congers four generations of fame, tragedy, controversy and an intense dedication to public service. On March 4th 2009 the AWARE (Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment) is hosting An Evening with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in celebration of their 20th Anniversary. Through a twist of fate RFK Jr turned a private embarrassment into a public cause. Charged with 1,500 hrs of community service for his prosecution on a heroine possession charge, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. used his environmental law degree to build his reputation as a resolute defender of the environment, stacking up a litany of successful large legal actions. The organization retained him as council after his service was discharged, and he works tirelessly for them today. Mr. Kennedy was named one of Time Magazine's "Heroes for the Planet" for his success in helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River - New York City's water supply - from polluting companies, and returning access to the shoreline by the public. The group's achievement helped spawn more than 170 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe. Most recently, he was a frontrunner with President Obama to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. He is a renowned author, inspirational speaker, and active conservationist. Learn about this passionate man, his causes and this event put on by AWARE here...

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February 23, 2009
When I was living in Boston during my husband's specialty fellowship at Harvard University in the 80's, we rented a car and drove down to Cape Cod for a week's vacation. Seeing all the famous place names of seaside villages dotting the picturesque roadway, we ventured into Hyannis where the summer home of the Kennedy family is located. I was astounded to see that none of the waterfront was available to the public except one parks area and boat launch - the rest was obscured by foliage and gated drives leading to private mansions and private yachting clubs. This is the case for much of the water and river front in densely populated eastern America; it's off-limits to the public. Coming from his place of privilege, it is all the more remarkable that one of Robert F. Kennedy's public works is to reverse this trend. Indeed, how can the public engage in saving natural resources that it does not share their access?

Abridged Wikipedia Entry

Robert Francis Kennedy, Jr. was born January 17, 1954 in Washington, DC. He is the third of 11 children born to Ethel Skakel Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy and is the nephew of John F. Kennedy and Edward M. Kennedy. He is an environmental lawyer and co-host of Ring of Fire on the Air America Radio network.

Kennedy graduated from Harvard College in 1976 with a B.A. in American history and literature (including a year of study at the London School of Economics) and obtained a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, following a tradition started by his father and his uncle Edward M. Kennedy. He also obtained an LL.M. from the Pace University School of Law, where he now teaches.

Kennedy is a licensed master falconer and former president of the New York State Falconer's Association. He is also an avid whitewater rafter and has led several rafting trips in Canada and Central America. He appeared in the IMAX documentary film Grand Canyon Adventure: Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk [Blu-ray], riding the entire Colorado River with his daughter and anthropologist Wade Davis.

AWARE Event Details

  • 5- 6pm Candid gathering in Grand Foyer, with info on display and representatives from sustainability-focused groups and organizations, cash bar open.
  • 6-7:10pm Main Presentation with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speaking on Our Environmental Destiny, Q&A from 7:10 ~ 7:30pm
  • 7:30-9pm Gather again in Grand Foyer, cash bar open, further chance to engage sustainability groups.
  • 7:45-9:00pm VIP Reception for 80pax only, with RFK Jr. limited tickets almost sold out!
  • TICKETS AVAILABLE at www.whistler.com/events/march, or call 604-932-0606. Ends March 2nd. Or visit the Whistler Visitors Info Centre.

    His Books & Publications

    It is interesting to note Kennedy's authored books derive from his interest in history, the environment and his family's Catholic faith. The only Catholic Presidents of the United States have been his relatives who served at a time when there were divisions even among the Christian faiths - which is very telling now that Obama's Muslim heritage has brought religion forward into politics once again.

    The Hudson Riverkeepers:Two Activists Fight to Reclaim Our Environment as a Basic Human Right(Scribner)

    Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr: A biography (Putnam)

    Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy (Harper Colins)

    Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s American Heroes: Joshua Chamberlain and the American Civil War Heroes (Hyperion)

    Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s American Heroes: Robert Smalls, The Boat Thief
    Watch this video with Robert on MSNTV

    Saint Francis of Assisi: A Life of Joy (Hyperion)

     

     

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