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March 23, 2010
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

Astronaut and Artist Alan Bean to Deliver Annual Benson Lecture on Earth Day
POULTNEY, VT--Alan Bean, one of the few men ever to see earth from the vantage point of the moon, is the speaker for the College's third annual Thomas L. Benson Lecture Series to be held on Earth Day, April 22. The title of his address is “Reaching for Your Own Special Star.” It will begin at 1 p.m. in the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall.

Bean was the fourth man to set foot on the moon during the Apollo 12 mission in November 1969. He explored the landscape of the Ocean of Storms and later, as commander of Skylab Mission II, spent 59 days in orbit around earth. After retiring from NASA, Bean has spent the last few decades of his life as a painter, drawing inspiration from the world as seen from lunar and earthly perspectives. Bean will be presented with an honorary doctor of arts degree prior to his address.

The Benson Lecture Series, named in honor of former Green Mountain College President Thomas L. Benson, aims to bring visionary speakers of national and international significance to the College campus. Benson was president from 1994-2002 and was the architect of the College’s environmental liberal arts mission.


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