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Schulze Speaker Series

The Schulze Speaker Series brings prestigious speakers to campus to provide an interdisciplinary perspective on a wide range of issues. Past speakers have explored the ecological crisis, criminal and social justice, film and other media, the fine arts, and human diversity. Below is a list of upcoming Schulze Speakers.

Upcoming Schulze Speakers - Fall 2018

From the Bottom UP - Chad Pregracke

Leading America's Movement for Clean Rivers

Chad Pregracke is an environmental speaker who focuses on social responsibility, water conservation, leadership and the power of one. 

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • University of Northern Colorado, University Center Ballrooms
  • Chad Pregracke, CNN Hero of the Year 2013, Founder and President, Living Lands and Waters 

Chad Pregracke is a modern day leader and proof that on person can make a difference.   Mr. Pregracke once worked as a commercial shell diver, fishermen, and barge hand on the Mississippi River.  What started as one man's crusade at age 23 to clean up the Mississippi River, has evolved  into a cultural movement that has resulted in over 8 million pounds of garbage being cleaned out of America's Rivers. 

In his 20s, Mr. Pregracke raised funds to purchase a barge to clean up the Mississippi River and local waterways which he then "parked" in front of his parents house.  Mr. Pregracke now coordinates with thousands of volunteers on river cleanup projects across the Midwest.  The vision and leadership skills Mr. Pregracke possesses have inspired more than 70,000 people to volunteer their time and resources.  He is an extraordinary speaker, and his work underscores the power of one. 

Co-sponsored by: Student LEAF and the UNC Department of Geography and GIS 

 Chad Pregracke Schulze Speaker at UNC