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August 11, 2009
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

GMC to Host Public Talks from Scholars in Residence

MSES Scholar in Residence Alan Weisman
POULTNEY, VT – Green Mountain College welcomes best-selling author Alan Weisman and business expert Bruce Piasecki as this fall’s scholars in residence for the College’s graduate degree programs. Both will give public lectures during their time in Poultney.

Author Alan Weisman visits GMC as the scholar in residence for the master’s degree program in environmental studies. Weisman's most recent book, The World Without Us poses a puzzling question: What would the earth look like devoid of humans? A cadre of experts—from engineers, atmospheric scientists and art conservators to zoologists, oil refiners and religious leaders—weigh in on that question in a narrative that "ultimately drives toward a radical but persuasive solution that doesn't depend on our demise." The World Without Us was named the Best Nonfiction Book of 2007 by Time magazine and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction. Weisman is a laureate professor of journalism and Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona.

As part of his activities during the residency Weisman will give a public talk related to his previous book, Gaviotas—A Village to Reinvent the World, on Thursday, September 10, at 9:30 a.m. in the Gorge, Withey Hall. Later on Thursday, he will give another public talk on The World Without Us at 7 p.m. in the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall in Ackley Hall.

MBA Scholar in Residence Bruce Piasecki
MBA scholar in residence Bruce Piasecki will deliver a public talk on Friday, September 18 in the Gorge, Withey Hall, from 10:45 a.m.-noon. Piasecki is the author of six books on business strategy, valuation, and corporate change. In his newest book, World Inc., Dr. Piasecki examines a “new phenomenon in socially responsible capitalism,” one that looks to business instead of government to solve society’s problems. His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Technology Review, and the Christian Science Monitor. Piasecki is the president and founder of AHC Group, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in energy, materials, and environmental corporate matters.

In addition to their public lectures, this fall’s scholars in residence will visit classes and participate in field trips during their time on campus. Green Mountain began its online master’s degree programs in the fall of 2007. The programs were created for working professionals and are conducted largely online.


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