ORONO – Former U.S. Sen. George J. Mitchell will be one of two keynote speakers this Thursday during a lecture on the environment being held at the University of Maine.
The event is free and open to the public, although tickets are required.
Mitchell represented Maine in the Senate from 1980 to 1995 and served as majority leader in the chamber for about six years. During his tenure he was author or co-author of numerous environmental bills, including reauthorization of the Clean Air Act and the nation’s first oil spill cleanup law.
Mitchell also has served as a peace negotiator in Ireland and the Middle East.
Also speaking Thursday is James Gustave “Gus” Speth, a Yale University dean and author of the book “Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment.”
The lecture, which is named in honor of Mitchell, will be held at 1:30 p.m. in Hauck Auditorium on the UMaine campus. A reception will follow at the Buchanan Alumni House.
For free tickets, call 581-3244.