Robert F. Kennedy Kicks Off USF Lecture Series Sept. 4

TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 26, 2008) – The University of South Florida’s University Lecture Series (ULS) commences with political speaker and activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and continues with a stellar line-up featuring an eclectic range of public figures.

Kennedy will speak on the topic "Our Environmental Destiny," Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. in the new Marshall Student Center Ballroom on the Tampa campus.

Author of the 2004 Crimes Against Nature, Kennedy is a highly sought-after speaker. He serves as chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and is president of the Waterkeeper Alliance. Both organizations seek to protect local waterways.

Other speakers during the coming academic year are:

Dr. Drew Pinsky, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. – "Loveline With Dr. Drew"

Kelly & Becca, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. – "Let’s Talk About It" (Free)

Ben Stein, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. – "Ben Stein on Life"

• Austin Gutwein, Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. – "Hoops of Hope"

Danny Glover & Felix Justice, Jan. 15, 2009 at 7 p.m. - "An Evening with Martin and Langston"

All ULS events are free for students with a valid USF ID, alumni and faculty pay $5 with a valid ID and the general public is admitted for $10 (unless otherwise noted). Robert F. Kennedy Jr. tickets are now on sale at the Marshall Student Center Ticket Office located on the first floor of the new Marshall Center. The ticket office only accepts credit or debit, no cash or checks. For more information visit:

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.