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Distinguished Speaker Series

Distinguished Speaker Series


Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s Distinguished Speaker Series lecture on Monday, March 13 is now sold out.

No additional tickets will be made available for sale.



A limited number of free SUNY New Paltz student tickets are available. Students can redeem a ticket with their SUNY New Paltz Student ID in person at the following dates, times & locations while supplies last:

  • Thursday, March 9 from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Parker Theatre Box Office
  • Friday, March 10 from 11:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. in the Parker Theatre Box Office
  • Monday, March 13 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Lecture Center lobby

Free SUNY New Paltz student tickets are subject to availability and not guaranteed.



Due to the overwhelming response to this event, we have opened up additional rooms in the Lecture Center to broadcast the event live. Seating in Lecture Center 100 is limited, and ticketholders will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. When Lecture 100 reaches maximum occupancy, ticketholders will be directed to adjacent rooms where the event will be broadcast live in high definition.

Will Call tables open at 6:30 p.m. in the Lecture Center lobby on March 13. Will Call tickets may also be picked up in advance at the Parker Theatre Box Office Thursday, March 9 & Friday, March 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All ticketholders are welcome to attend the post-event reception and book signing.


Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions. He was named one of Time Magazine's “Heroes for the Planet” for his success helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. The group's achievement helped spawn 300 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe.

Mr. Kennedy serves as senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and president of Waterkeeper Alliance. He is also a clinical professor and supervising attorney at Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic, and counsel to Morgan & Morgan, a nationwide personal injury practice.

Our Environmental Destiny

Recently, Mr. Kennedy came to campus to speak at a memorial that paid homage to Professor Emeritus Heinz Meng of biology, a fixture at New Paltz for more than 50 years and the first licensed falconer in New York. As one of Meng’s apprentices and longtime friend, Kennedy noted the impact of his teaching and the importance of his pioneering work breeding peregrine falcons in captivity, which pulled them back from the brink of extinction during the latter half of the 20th century.

In this beautifully written speech, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. discusses the role that natural resources play in our work, our health, and our identity as Americans. A passionate environmental speaker, he reminds us that we have a responsibility to protect and preserve our planet for future generations. More than an advocate for the environment, Kennedy is an architect and agent of change. From solar energy to wind power and more, he shows how it is truly possible to become energy independent while making the world a better place.


Monday, March 13, 2017
7:30 P.M.
SUNY New Paltz
Lecture Center

Tickets: $10

Dessert reception and booksigning follow lecture. Advanced ticket purchase recommended.

Tickets also available through:

Parker Theatre Box Office:


Monday - Friday

11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

February 20 – March 12, 2017 or one hour prior to the event in the Lecture Center lobby.

Will call and box office tables will also be open one hour prior to the event in the Lecture Center lobby.

For information about the Distinguished Speaker Series and to be recognized as a Community Sponsor, please call 845-257-3972.