Robert F. Kennedy Symposium - Sponsored by UMKC - March 9 thru 12, 2009

Robert F. Kennedy Symposium

The New American Dream:
Environmental Sustainability and American Progress

March 9 - 12, 40th anniversary - 2009
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Keynote speaker

Wednesday, March 11
Our Environmental Destiny
7-9 p.m.
UMKC’s Royall Hall, room 111, Stack Auditorium, 800 E. 52nd St.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., environmentalist and activist, was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success in helping to restore the polluted Hudson River in 1984. Kennedy serves as senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and president of Waterkeeper Alliance.

Additional panel discussions:

Diversity in Today’s American Dream
6-8 p.m. Monday, March 9
UMKC’s University Center, Alumni Room, 5000 Holmes St.
Local activists and UMKC professors will address the future of minority and disadvantaged groups future and solutions in The New American Dream.

Conflicts and Solutions in Community Progress
6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10
UMKC’s University Center, room 106, 5000 Holmes St.
Community leaders, including Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser, local journalists and UMKC professors will address community issues and future progress.

Some Leaders are Born Women
Sarah Weddington, Roe v. Wade
7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 12
UMKC’s University Center, Room 106, 5000 Holmes St.
Sarah Weddington is nationally known for her work on issues affecting women. In 1973, she argued the winning side of Roe v. Wade.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 816-235-1426.

UMKC’s RFK Symposium was designed to honor Robert F. Kennedy, his accomplishments and vision for America. Since 1969, the symposium has connected the University and community with weeklong discussions focusing on current social and economic issues.