Chad Pregracke, founder and President of America’s only “industrial strength” river clean-up organization and the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year, spoke at the eleventh annual Dr. Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium on April 21st. Chad told a compelling story about growing up on the Mississippi river and how his river experiences led to his unique vision to clean it up and start the internationally recognized not-for-profit, Living Lands & Waters. The Vanderhaar Symposium was founded in honor of Dr. Gerard A. Vanderhaar, a professor of religion for 28 years at Christian Brothers University, who spent his lifetime promoting peace and active nonviolence. Additionally, the Symposium honors one Mid-South area college student each year with the Gerard A. Vanderhaar Student Peace Award, presented to the student who best exemplifies the spirit and practice of active nonviolence consistent with Dr. Vanderhaar’s life and work. This year’s award went to Damou Traore from LeMoyne-Owen College.