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American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability

A Moderated Discussion About Food Safety Concerns and Climate Science Censorship

With Kenneth Kendrick, who blew the whistle on salmonella-tainted peanut butter
Rick Piltz, who blew the whistle on White House censorship of global warming studies
Moderated by Dana Gold, Senior Fellow, Government Accountability Project

Thursday, March 28, 2013, 2-3:30 p.m.
Whittenberger Auditorium, IMU
Open to the public

An undergraduate supper with whistleblowers Kenneth Kendrick and Rick Piltz

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 Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability to IU Bloomington this month as part of its effort to educate the public—particularly university students—about the phenomenon and practice of whistleblowing, the risks and the protections.

The featured speakers will be Kenneth Kendrick, who revealed food safety 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 assistant 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 that 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 INFO: If you are interested in attending this program, please e-mail Anna Duquaine (, 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 of 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.

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