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Environmental Leader Gus Speth Charts “America’s Rebirth”

The lectures’ location has been changed to the Chase Community Center.

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT –– Vermont Law School Professor Gus Speth, a founder of the modern environmental movement, will call for a new American economic and political order in a three-part lecture series this fall starting Oct. 6.

The lecture series, titled “America, Rising to It’s Dream: Charting Passage from Today’s Decline to Tomorrow’s Rebirth,” is free and open to the public. The lectures will be from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Oct. 6, Oct. 20 and Nov. 3 in Chase Community Center. Question and answer sessions will follow each lecture.

“I think most Americans appreciate that our dear country is adrift in a sea of troubles,” Speth said. “The lectures will explore how that came about and what we need to do to set a course for an attractive future for our children and grandchildren.”

  • Thursday, Oct. 6  – “Portrait of a Nation in Trouble: Why America Is at the Bottom of the OECD in Virtually Everything Important” (OECD: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
  • Thursday, Oct. 20  – In the Beauty of the Morning: Envisioning America the Possible
  • Thursday, Nov. 3  – Writing Free of an Old Skin: Forging a New Politics to Drive the New Economy

Speth, who joined VLS in 2010, is a former dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, administrator of the U.N. Development Programme, chair of the U.N. Development Group, founder of the World Resources Institute and co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

More information about the lecture series is available at or from Suzanne Todd at Vermont CLE credits are available.

Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy degree and two post-JD degrees, the Master of Laws in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers). The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit

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