Cornell University

Innovations in Righting Wrongs: a Conversation about Human Rights and Environmental Accountability

Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, Lewis Auditorium (G76)
232 East Ave, Central Campus

Innovations in Righting Wrongs: The  Munschauer Career Series Presents a Conversation about Human Rights and Environmental Accountability with Accountability Counsel Founder Natalie Bridgeman Fields, Government ’99

Natalie Bridgeman Fields will discuss how the world is changing for victims of human rights and environmental abuses and why innovative strategies are required. While avenues to justice are often limited, Accountability Counsel’s creative approach is opening doors to new solutions, illustrated by a major recent victory in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Stopping a huge hydroelectric dam project that would have contaminated the drinking water of three Mexican villages might seem an overwhelming task, but for Natalie Bridgeman Fields ’99, it’s all in a day’s work. Thanks to Accountability Counsel, the non-profit Fields founded to defend the environmental and human rights of communities around the world, the fate of the Cerro de Oro Hydroelectric Project was handed over to the villagers, who stopped construction.

Fields will speak about the “necessarily innovative” international human rights and environmental legal work she does on Thursday, April 11, at 5:00 pm in Goldwin Smith Hall’s Lewis Auditorium as this year’s Munschauer Career Series lecturer. The talk is free and open to the public.

Fields has received national recognition for her work, including the Michael Schwerner National Activist Award and Elle Magazine’s Genius Award. In 2011 she was named by the Daily Journal as one of the top 20 lawyers in California under age 40. In 2009, Fields was recognized internationally as one of fourteen Echoing Green Fellows for her groundbreaking social entrepreneurship.

While at Cornell, Fields received the prestigious Udall National Environmental Policy Fellowship, as well as the Class of ’64 JFK Memorial Award for Public Service. She majored in government with a concentration in international relations and says her liberal arts education gave her a wide breadth of knowledge about how different people in different disciplines think--knowledge crucial to the success of Accountability Counsel.

The Munschauer Career Series was endowed by the former director of the Cornell University Career Center, John Munschauer, to provide funds for graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences to return to campus to benefit current students' career education.

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