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Date: April 3, 2012
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications
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Author, Scholar Gus Speth the Next GMC Benson Lecturer

POULTNEY--Green Mountain College will host James Gustave "Gus" Speth as the speaker at the annual Thomas L. Benson Lecture, April 19 at 2:30 p.m. in Ackley Hall. Speth is a professor of law at the Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vt., and distinguished senior fellow at Demos and the United Nations Foundation. He is the former Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale. Speth will also receive an honorary degree from the College. The title of his address is “America the Possible: Realizing a New American Dream.”

From 1993 to 1999, Speth served as administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the UN Development Group. Prior to his service at the UN, he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute; professor of law at Georgetown University; chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality; and senior attorney and cofounder, Natural Resources Defense Council.

Throughout his career, Speth has provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many task forces and committees whose roles have been to combat environmental degradation, including the President’s Task Force on Global Resources and Environment, the Western Hemisphere Dialogue on Environment and Development, and the National Commission on the Environment. His many publications include The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability; Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment; and Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment.

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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