Environmental leader to present lecture during Linfield residency

Robert MusilRenowned sustainability expert Robert Musil, a Woodrow Wilson Foundation visiting fellow, will present a public lecture as part of a three-day residency at Linfield College. He will present “The Legacy of Rachel Carson: Do Environmentalists Make Any Difference” on Monday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

Musil is the president and CEO of the Rachel Carson Council, the legacy environmental organization envisioned by Carson and founded in 1965 by her friends and colleagues. Musil is also a 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 climate change and American environmental politics.

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. During his tenure, he nearly tripled PSR’s membership, budget and staff. He is a graduate of Yale and Northwestern Universities and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and has been a visiting honorary fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and at Pembroke College, Cambridge University. Musil specializes in contemporary global sustainability, security and health issues, as well as Cold War history, culture and policy. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including “Hope for a Heated Planet: How Americans Are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better Future” and in 2014, “Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America’s Environment.”

Musil helped launch PSR’s environmental program in the early 1990s and led PSR campaigns for safe and affordable drinking water, clean air, and to prevent toxic pollution and global climate change. 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 served as executive director of the Professionals’ Coalition for Nuclear Arms Control, the SANE Education Fund, the Center for National Security Studies Military Affairs Project and CCCO: An Agency for Military and Draft Counseling. He is a former Army Captain who taught communications and policy at the Defense Information School at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind.

Musil has been the producer of numerous groundbreaking independent video documentaries and public radio documentary series including “One Blue Sky: Health and the Human Environment.” He is two-time winner of the Armstrong Award for Excellence in Radio Broadcasting.

Musil will be in residence at Linfield Nov. 10-13, where he will attend classes and meet with students. His visit is sponsored by the President’s Office, the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE), and the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program, which supports small liberal arts colleges by bringing together people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives for the purpose of discussion and learning.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the President’s Office, 503-883-2202.