Boston University Launches “Ready to Vote” Program with Featured Speaker Ralph Nader

in Government, News Releases
December 3rd, 2007

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 | ewhipple@bu.edu

Boston – On December 4, former presidential candidate and well-known political activist Ralph Nader will appear at Boston University to kick off the year-long “Ready to Vote” program, hosted by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. In his address, Nader will discuss the upcoming presidential election, including the importance of students registering to vote, as well as how to think about selecting a candidate. He will also focus on how students can affect change by voting, particularly in the areas of consumer rights, humanitarianism and the environment.

Event Details
Date: Tuesday, December 4
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Metcalf Hall (2nd Floor of the George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)
Admission: Free, Open to the BU community
Hosted By: The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University
Contact: 617-353-3696; archives@bu.edu; www.bu.edu/archives

Ralph Nader, a Princeton and Harvard Law alumnus, is a political activist in the areas of consumer rights, humanitarianism, environmentalism and democratic government. He is a former four time presidential candidate, running on behalf of the Democratic, Reform and Green Parties. He is a staunch defender of consumer and democratic rights, advocating against corporate negligence and government indifference. Nader helped found many governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. He has also formed numerous citizen groups, including the Center for Auto Safety, Public Citizen, the Pension Rights Center, the National Coalition for Universities in the Public Interest, and the Public Interest Research Groups (PIRG).

Nader has also written numerous best-selling books, including his most recent publication, The Seventeen Traditions. The book provides insight into the earliest days of his life, revisiting 17 key traditions he absorbed from his parents, siblings, and the people in his community, and drawing from them inspiring lessons for today’s society. Nader also writes a weekly column, In the Public Interest, which appears in newspapers across the U.S. and was recently the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary An Unreasonable Man.

The goal of the “Ready to Vote” program is to help students become better citizens by showing them that their voices and their votes do count. Spearheaded by the director of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Vita Paladino, the “Ready to Vote” Program consists of a student advisory board that works to make students more informed and interested in politics. The top priority is to register students to vote, to have a proxy vote ready if needed and to teach them that voting is a citizen’s greatest civic duty, as well as a fundamental tool for social change. Additionally, the program seeks to inform the student body about the issues they should be concerned about for the upcoming presidential elections.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play significant roles in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theater, film, television, and political and religious movements. The Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. The Center also presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents, alumni, various visiting groups and members of the public.

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