2020 Voyages Series: "Dark Waters"

“Dark Waters: The Story Behind the Environmental Legal Battle Exposing Corporate Coverup”

Mr. Robert Bilott

Environmental Attorney and inspiration behind the critically acclaimed film “Dark Waters,” starring Academy Award-winning actor Mark Ruffalo

February 4, 2021
7 p.m. |  Main Campus Student Center Ballroom

(Event date, time, and location subject to change.)

The New York Times called Robert Bilott, “The lawyer who became DuPont’s worst nightmare.” Bilott, a distinguished environmental attorney, shares the unsettling story of his epic battle against DuPont and how he exposed corporate coverup and massive chemical contamination of unprecedented scale and scope, now impacting virtually every living thing on this planet. Drawing from his book, “Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle Against DuPont,” Bilott takes audiences through the unforgettable legal drama about malice, manipulation, and perseverance against the failings of environmental regulation.

To date, Bilott, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, has helped secure more than $1 billion in benefits for his clients exposed to contaminated drinking water. Among his many honors, Bilott was selected as one of the best lawyers in America for several years running, and in 2017, received the Right Livelihood Award, commonly known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize.”

Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

East Carolina University, Main Campus Student Center, Ballrooms

Event Type

Lecture/Reading, Official Academic Calendar, University, Academic, ECU Homepage


Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences, Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, Staff, Public, Alumni




$15 for the general public; $5 for youth ages 16 and below; Free to ECU faculty, staff, and students

Contact Name

Dr. Jeffrey S. Johnson

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