SJC Welcomes Woodrow Wilson Fellow Robert K. Musil

BROOKLYN AND PATCHOGUE, NY - February 16, 2010 - St. Joseph's College is pleased to announce that Woodrow Wilson Fellow Robert K. Musil will visit both its Brooklyn and Long Island campuses during the week of March 15-19, 2010, where he will deliver public lectures on “Global Warming: Signs of Hope?” at Common Hour (12:40 p.m.). The Long Island Campus lecture will take place in the McGann Conference Room in O’Connor Hall on Tuesday, March 16 and will be followed by a discussion with faculty and students; the Brooklyn Campus talk will be held in the Tuohy Hall auditorium on Thursday, March 18. Aside from public lectures, Mr. Musil will spend the week exchanging ideas and sharing his unique insights with students, faculty and administrators on a wide range of issues.

Robert K. Musil has been a longstanding leader in the national peace, nuclear disarmament and environmental movements. He has organized campaigns and led NGO delegations and coalitions on climate, toxic chemicals and nuclear weapons to the White House, Congress and the United Nations. Until 2006, Mr. Musil served as the CEO of Physicians for Social Responsibility, which won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. Author of Hope for a Heated Planet: How Americans Are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better Future (2009), he is also the former executive producer and host of the nationally syndicated radio program, Consider the Alternatives. Currently, Mr. Musil serves as chairman of the board of 2020 Vision: Environment, Energy and Security Solutions and is a scholar-in-residence at the American University School of International Service as well as a visiting scholar at the Center for Theology and Public Policy at the Wesley Theological Seminary.

Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows connect a liberal education with the world beyond the campus by bringing thoughtful and successful practitioners to colleges for a week of classes and informal discussions with students and faculty. Fellows, who include government officials, business leaders, journalists, environmentalists and medical ethicists, are matched with small colleges chosen for their commitment to the goals of the program. Together they help to equip students for the social, political and economic settings they will enter and illuminate the roles they may play as professionals and informed citizens.

In 2007, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) accepted an invitation from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to administer its nationally renowned Visiting Fellows program, which has been developing and conducting programs in higher education since 1945. More than 200 colleges have participated in the Visiting Fellows program since 1973. This is the seventh consecutive year that St. Joseph’s has hosted a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the College.

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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