WASHINGTON, PA (Feb. 27, 2012)—Robert Musil, Ph.D., a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and Noble Peace Prize Winner, will discuss, “Building a Better Future: Citizens, Climate and Clean Energy,” at a public lecture March 7 at 7 p.m. in Washington & Jefferson College’s (W&J) Howard J. Burnett Center’s Yost Auditorium.
Musil's presentation is part of the College's Walter K. Levy Lecture Series, dedicated to the memory and spirit of Walter K. Levy, 1952 graduate and former trustee of W&J.
He is president of the Herbert R. Scoville Peace Fellowship and treasurer of Population Connection. He also serves on the Boards of the Council for a Livable World and PeacePAC and the Advisory Board of the Environment and Energy Studies Institute.
Musil is 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. In the past, he has also been a visiting scholar at the Churches’ Center for Theology and Public Policy at the Wesley Theological Seminary, where he taught about religious responses to global warming and security threats. Musil has also taught at Northwestern, Temple, St. Joseph’s and LaSalle universities.
Musil is the longest-serving executive director and CEO of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PRS), with a tenure from 1992-2006. While there, he helped launch PSR’s environmental program that led 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.
A long-time leader of the environmental and nuclear arms control movements, Musil has also been 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, Ft. Benjamin Harrison.
From 1978-1992, he was the executive producer and host of "Consider the Alternatives" a weekly radio program syndicated to over 150 stations with more than 2,000,000 listeners. He has been the producer of numerous ground-breaking 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.
With his specializations in contemporary global security, sustainability, and health issues, as well as Cold War history, culture, and policy, he has also become a successful author is the author of numerous articles and the book Hope for a Heated Planet: How Americans are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better Future. His current book project is titled, Restoring Rachel: A Portrait of Rachel Carson and Her Sisters, the Women Who Have Shaped America’s Environment.
The lecture is free and open to the public.