10/7/2004

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Contact: Liz Caldwell, University Career Center, (785) 864-3624

'The Riverkeepers' author to speak at KU environmental career symposium Oct. 21

LAWRENCE -- Environmental activist John Cronin, co-author of "The Riverkeepers," will give a public lecture as part of the University of Kansas' third annual Environmental Career Symposium at the Burge and Kansas unions.

The symposium -- slated for 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in the Burge Union -- is sponsored by the University Career Center and the Environmental Studies Program. Cronin's lecture is at 7:30 p.m. in Alderson Auditorum in the Kansas Union, followed by a book signing at Oread Books in the Kansas Union.

The symposium is designed to increase student awareness of the range of careers in the environmental sector, said Mary Andrade, assistant director of the career center. Open to students from all majors, it will include a panel from various sectors and give students a chance to discuss with employers the opportunities for internships, full-time positions and volunteering.

Among the organizations attending the symposium will be Burns & McDonnell, the Peace Corps, the Sierra Club, the U.S. Geological Survey and Operation Wildlife.

Cronin's speech, "Change the World: Start With Your Own Backyard," draws on his experience as a fisherman, teacher, filmmaker, author and advocate and offers his perspective of the human, political and moral dimensions of current environmental issues.

He co-authored "The Riverkeepers" with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and produced and wrote the documentary "The Last Rivermen," named an outstanding documentary film of 1991 by the Motion Picture Academy Foundation. He is director of the Pace Academy for the Environment at Pace University in New York.

For more information contact the University Career Center, 864-3624, or online at http://www.ku.edu/~uces/.

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