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Mount Marty Hosts Renowned Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow

Published Date9\19\2013
Mount Marty College has invited Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Robert Musil, a Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies in the School of Public Affairs at American University for an intensive week-long visit on September 23-27. Musil will participate in classes, seminars, workshops, and lectures and will meet with students and faculty members informally throughout the week to share his practical knowledge in the areas of global warming, environmental health and national security.

"We are delighted to host Mr. Musil on our campus next week," said Mount Marty College President, Dr. Joseph Benoit. "He was selected by our faculty as their top choice for a visiting fellow. As a Catholic Liberal Arts college we look forward to providing our students and community with a week of dialogue that informs us on highly debated matters of global significance." During his week at Mount Marty College, Musil will give a presentation, "Climate Change: What Can We Do?" to the public on Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00 pm in Marian Auditorium. He will also present a Noon Forum on Thursday, September 26 titled, "Global Warming: What Can I Believe?" in the South Dining Room of Roncalli.

Robert K. Musil is Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies in the School of Public Affairs at American University where he teaches about global climate change and energy policy. He also teaches in the Nuclear Studies Institute of the School of International Service. From 1992-2006, Musil was the longest-serving Executive Director and CEO of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), winner of the 1985 Nobel Prize for Peace. Musil helped launch PSR's environmental program in the early 1990s and led PSR campaigns for safe and affordable drinking water, clean air, and prevention of toxic pollution and global climate change. As a member of the Green Group, representing the nation's thirty-four largest environmental groups, Musil has worked over the years with leading public figures including Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden, and numerous cabinet members and Congressional leaders. He also initiated PSR's U.S.-Mexico Border Project in El Paso and Juarez, Mexico, and has represented PSR at international environment negotiations in Montreal, Kyoto, Johannesburg, Geneva, and elsewhere. Musil specializes in contemporary sustainability, social responsibility, and health issues, as well as Cold War history, culture, and policy. He is the author of numerous articles and Hope for a Heated Planet: How Americans are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better Future. His current book is Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America's Environment, to be published in 2014. From 1978-1992, Musil was the Executive Producer and host of Consider the Alternatives, a half-hour weekly radio program syndicated in over 150 stations. He has been the producer of numerous independent video documentaries and public radio documentary series including One Blue Sky: Health and the Human Environment. Musil is two-time winner of the Armstrong Award for Excellence in Radio Broadcasting.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, DC, brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions. For 35 years, the Visiting Fellows have been introducing students and faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community, and achievement. The Visiting Fellows program is available to all four-year colleges and universities. For more information, visit CIC's website at www.cic.edu/visitingfellows.