Rachel Carson Centennial - June 2, 2007
June 2, 2007 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
May 27, 2007 is the centennial of Rachel Carson's birth. Her book, Silent Spring, transformed our nation and its understanding of the dangers of pesticide use. In response to the issues she raised, President Kennedy appointed a special Science Advisory committee that subsequently affirmed her findings. Stewart Udall , Secretary of the Interior in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, delivered opening remarks. The other speakers who discussed Carson's life and legacy were Professor E.O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist; and Roland Clement, former Vice President of the Audubon Society and her defender during the 1950s and 1960s. Annick Smith, nature writer and co-producer of A River Runs Through It, moderated. *Linda Lear, Carsons's biographer, was unable to attend due to a cancelled flight.