Self-described “public citizen” Ralph Nader, honored by “Time” magazine as “One of the 100 Most Influential Americans of the 20th Century,” is coming to Whitman College Wednesday, May 5, to discuss “Going Green: Getting it to the Bottom Line.”
The lecture is open to the public; it takes place at 7 p.m. at Cordiner Hall, and a book signing follows. Tickets are required; they are $5 each and are available at the college bookstore in Reid Campus Center, 280 Boyer Ave. Bookstore hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The lecture is sponsored by the student-run Whitman Event Board and was the idea of sophomore Charlie Weems, lectures director of the Whitman Events Board. “It’s a very popular ticket,” he said. “Whether you love him or hate him you really can't deny that he has a vision and that he doesn't give up. To me, Mr. Nader represents the ability for regular people to have an influence on governmental policy.”
Nader’s 30-year battle against the auto industry in his book “Unsafe at Any Speed” resulted in congressional hearings and a series of automobile safety laws passed in 1966.
Nader has spearheaded the establishment of federal consumer protection laws such as the motor vehicle safety laws, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Meat and Poultry Inspection Rules, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Freedom of Information Act. He was instrumental in the creation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
Nader also helped establish the PIRGs — Public Interest Research Groups — the student-funded and controlled organizations on college campuses in 23 states that have published hundreds of ground-breaking reports and guides, lobbied for laws in state legislatures, and called the media's attention to environmental and energy problems.
A magazine founded by Nader in 1980, the “Multinational Monitor,” tracks the global intrusion of multinational corporations and their impact on developing nations, labor, and the environment.
For ticket information call the Whitman College bookstore at 527-5274.