American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability
A Moderated Discussion About Food Safety Concerns and Climate Science
With Kenneth Kendrick, who blew the whistle on salmonella-tainted peanut
Rick Piltz, who blew the whistle on White House censorship of global
Moderated by Dana Gold, Senior Fellow, Government Accountability
Thursday, March 28, 2013, 2-3:30 p.m.
Whittenberger Auditorium, IMU
Open to the public
An undergraduate supper with whistleblowers Kenneth Kendrick and
Thursday, March 28, 7-8:30 p.m.
Harlos House (1331 E. Tenth St.)
SIGN-UP REQUIRED: See details below
The Government Accountability Project (GAP), a whistleblower protection
and advocacy organization, will bring the American
Essential Voices for Accountability to IU Bloomington this month as
of its effort to educate the publicparticularly university
studentsabout the phenomenon and practice of whistleblowing, the
and the protections.
The featured speakers will be Kenneth Kendrick, who revealed
problems tied to a salmonella outbreak and Rick Piltz, who blew the
whistle on White House censorship of global warming studies.
What they did to protect and inform you:
From Sept. 1, 2008, to April 20,
2009, salmonella-tainted peanut butter originating from Peanut Corp. of
America plants sickened 714 people across 46 states, contributing to
nine deaths. Before the outbreak, Kenneth Kendrick, the former
plant manager with the company in Plainview, Texas, had made multiple
attempts to alert state and federal officials to public health
violations. Kendrick's whistleblowing
on Good Morning
America belied the
company's defense that the batch of salmonella-tainted peanut butter
from a Georgia plant was an unexpected and isolated event. See also
Sunland Peanut Butter Plant.
In 2005, Rick Piltz, a former
senior associate in the coordination office of the U.S. Climate Change
Science Program, blew the whistle on the White House's editing and
censorship of science program reports on global warming intended for the
public and Congress. GAP, which represented Piltz, released edited
reports to The New York Times documenting the actual hand-editing
was done to downplay human-driven global warming and its harmful
impacts, and to exaggerate scientific uncertainty. Piltz lives in
Washington, D.C., where he is the director (and founder) of Climate
Science Watch, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting
integrity in the government's use of climate science.
The public session will be March 28, 2013, 2 to 3:30 p.m. in
Whittenberger Auditorium, IMU.
In the evening, 7-8:30 p.m., there will be a supper
for undergraduates with Kenneth Kendrick and Rick Piltz. SIGN-UP
If you are interested in attending this
please e-mail Anna Duquaine (firstname.lastname@example.org), indicating you wish
to sign up for the "Whistleblower" supper and include your name, e-mail
address, year in school, and field(s) of study. Space is limited so we
will let you know by e-mail if a space was available when you replied.
This event is co-sponsored by the Wells Scholars Program.
The IU Bloomington tour stop is sponsored by GAP and by the Poynter
Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, College
Arts and Sciences, Hutton Honors College, Kelley School of
Business, Maurer School of Law, School of Public and Environmental
Affairs, Department of Political Science, Department of Communication
and Culture, Wells Scholars Program, Political and Civic Engagement
Program, and Liberal Arts and Management Program.