Wilson Fellow to visit in April
March 20, 2009

The College will welcome its first Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow next month when Dr. Robert K. Musil, an expert in global security, sustainability, health issues and Cold War history, pays a visit to LaGrange April 12 – 18.

In addition to speaking to various classes and organizations during his stay, Dr. Musil will present a lecture titled “Why Students Are Ready Now to Lead” at 11 a.m. on April 14 in the Dickson Assembly Room.

He also will participate in a book signing at the Lewis Library for his new work “Hope for a Heated Planet: How Americans are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better Future” at 12 p.m. on April 17 following the dedication ceremony for the new library.

A former director of the Nobel Prize-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility, Dr. Musil is a scholar-in-residence and adjunct professor at American University and a visiting scholar at Churches’ Center for Theology and Public Policy at Wesley Theological Seminary.

“We are fortunate to have a scholar of Dr. Musil’s caliber scheduled to visit our campus to share his expertise,” said Dr. Sharon Livingston, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. “This visit will offer the college community a unique opportunity to hear from someone who is a respected authority in a number of areas.”

As the longest-serving executive director and CEO of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Dr. Musil nearly tripled that organization’s membership, budget and staff. He helped launch PSR’s environmental program in the early 1990s and has led campaigns for safe and affordable drinking water, clean air, and to prevent toxic pollution and global climate change.

A longtime leader of the environmental and nuclear arms control movements, Dr. Musil has worked closely over the years with leading public figures, including President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, as well as numerous cabinet members and congressional leaders.

From 1978-1992, Dr. Musil was the executive producer and host of “Consider the Alternatives,” a half-hour weekly radio program syndicated to more than 150 stations with 2,000,000 listeners.

The graduate of Yale, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins and Cambridge is a widely sought lecturer who has taught at Northwestern, Temple, St. Joseph’s and LaSalle.

While on campus, Dr. Musil will have office space in the Callaway Academic Building and students are welcome to drop by and ask him questions.

Administered by the Council of Independent Colleges, the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow program, now in its 35th year, brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other professionals to campuses across the United States for five days of teaching and dialogue with students and faculty members.

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