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Environmental and Human Rights Activist Van Jones to Present Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture

Van Jones

Van Jones, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a senior policy advisor at Green for All, will present this year's Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture at 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19 in Sarratt Cinema. Jones also holds a joint appointment at Princeton University as a distinguished visiting fellow in both the Center for African American Studies and in the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His talk is entitled "Rebuild the American Dream: Green Jobs and Beyond." Jones's presentation will contribute to the Sustainability Project, a year-long series of courses and programming spearheaded by Vanderbilt's Program in American Studies.

Jones is the founder of the Oakland, California- based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and of Green for All, an NGO dedicated to "building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty." In 2008, Jones published the influential volume The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems.

In 2008, Time magazine named Jones one of its "Heroes of the Environment." He served as an environmental advisor to the White House in 2009. Jones currently serves on the boards of several organizations, including Demos, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and the Campaign for America's Future. A Tennessee native, Jones is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin and Yale University Law School.

The Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture Series was established in 1994 through the endowment of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Nash Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. George Renfro, all of Asheville, North Carolina. The lecture honors Harry C. Howard Jr. (B.A., 1951) and allows the Warren Center to bring an outstanding scholar to Vanderbilt annually to deliver a lecture on a significant topic in the humanities.