Ralph Nader

 

Ralph Nader speaking on campus in 1989

Ralph Nader speaking on campus in 1989

In his 1989 Assembly Series talk, “Corporate Power in America,” consumer advocate Ralph Nader emphasized the need for the public to hold company leaders responsible for creating safe and effective products. Much of his lecture centered on the “major epidemic of violence in society” caused by unsafe cars being manufactured in the 1960s. It took nearly 20 years for the most significant safety feature — the airbag — to become standard equipment.