Bruce Babbitt Gives Dempsey Lecture at Willamette

Bruce Babbitt, former Secretary of the Interior, will deliver the 2002 Dempsey Lecture at Willamette University Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center. The lecture, "Reflections on the Environment and National Policy," is free and open to the public.

After brief service as special assistant to the director of VISTA in Washington, D.C., Babbitt returned to Arizona and joined the law firm of Brown and Bain in Phoenix. He was elected Arizona Attorney General in 1974 and earned a national reputation in that office as a legal scholar and writer.

Babbitt was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to investigate the 1979 Three-Mile Island nuclear power plant accident and later consulted the president on additional environmental issues.

Following a distinguished career as governor of Arizona from 1978-87, President Bill Clinton named Babbitt Secretary of the Interior in 1993. During his tenure, he drafted plans to restore the Florida Everglades, helped enact the massive California Desert Protection Act, and negotiated the largest land swap in the history of the lower 48 states in order to protect the new Grand-Staircase monument and other parks in Utah.

Babbitt received his undergraduate degree in geology from Notre Dame University. As a Marshall Scholar, he later earned his master's degree in geophysics at the University of Newcastle, England, and his J.D. degree at Harvard University's Law School in 1965.

The lecture is sponsored by the Dempsey Foundation. Seating is limited.