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An environmental legal advisor and an outdoor picnic highlight Drury’s Earth Day celebration

For Immediate Release: April 15

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, Earth Day activities have been moved to the FSC Ballroom. The picnic lunch has been canceled, and lunch will be served in the Commons as usual.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 15, 2010 —Eric Dannenmaier, a professor of law at Indiana University, will present “Environmental Change and the Emerging Global Citizen” on Thursday, April 22, at 11 a.m. in Stone Chapel. The talk is free and open to the public.

Immediately following Dannenmaier’s talk, Drury will celebrate Earth Day with an outdoor, picnic-style commons lunch and activities in the Findlay Student Center Circle. This year’s theme is “Reuse This.” The following activities will be available from noon-1:30 p.m.

  • Live music from Lemon Drop Studios.
  • Outdoor fun with human-size hamster spheres on Sunderland Field.
  • Slack line demonstrations and lessons.
  • Paint your own pot and plant a flower or herb.
  • Decorate a notebook or folder with the Reuse This logo.
  • Free-style crafting with recycled materials.
  • Learn how to re-purpose an old t-shirt into a shopping bag or yoga pants.
  • Enjoy coffee from The Coffee Ethic.
  • Fresh cinnamon rolls from the Sweet Place.
  • Create your own friendship pouch.
  • A puppy parade with dogs that are up for adoption.

* The outdoor picnic is part of regular meal plans for students. Fees for faculty, staff and guests will apply.

More on Eric Dannenmaier:

Dannenmaier, a 1981 Drury graduate, has held multiple positions as a legal advisor on environmental and natural resources law. As an adviser to governments and international organizations in the reform of environmental and natural resource laws, Dannenmaier has authored studies and policy papers on topics including the implementation of climate change commitments, water policy and decentralization, environmental security, international trade and the environment, human rights and environmental democracy.

His principal research is focused on citizen access to decision-making processes under both national and international law with an emphasis on decisions affecting international development and the environment.

Drury University’s 2009-2010 convocation series Spirituality and Justice that honors the connection between spirituality and intellectual pursuit and values interfaith dialogue.
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For more information on Drury’s Earth Day activities contact: Mark Miller, Director of Media Relations. Office: (417) 873-7390. Mobile: (417) 839-2886. E-mail:


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