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February 18, 2013
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Dr. Alan Goldberg Named 2013 Benson Lecturer

POULTNEY, VT. Green Mountain College will host Dr. Alan Goldberg as speaker at the College’s annual Thomas L. Benson Lecture, Thursday, April 18 at 4 p.m. in Ackley Hall. Dr. Goldberg is professor of toxicology and founding director at the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He was a co-author of the important Pew Commission report on industrial farm animal production.

The title of his address is “Animals, Food, Food-Animals.” The Benson Lecture is a highlight of the College’s Earth Week activities—it is free and open to the public. A reception following the lecture will be held in the Ackley Hall chapel.

Dr. Goldberg’s presentation will examine the question “With an estimated human population of nine billion by 2050, and possibly higher by 2100, how do we ethically feed the world?” The discussion illuminates human attitudes about animals and their roles in research and agriculture.

Dr. Goldberg received his Ph.D from the University of Minnesota-Pharmacology and has completed post-graduate work in the U.S., the Netherlands, France, and Israel. He has served on the International Animal Welfare Advisory Boards of Shell and Procter & Gamble and consults with CeeTox (an in-vitro toxicology CRO) and Epithelix. In the non-profit arena, he serves a trustee of Humane Society University, the world’s first institution devoted to human-animal studies. Dr. Goldberg is a recipient of the Humane Society of the United States-Russell and Burch Award.

The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing is focused on working with industry and government to support alternatives to the use animals in research, product safety testing, and education. The Center seeks ways to replace animals with non-animal research methods, reduce the numbers of animals necessary in research, or refine methods to make them less painful or stressful to the animals.

Starting in 2007, Dr. Goldberg served as a Pew Commissioner on the study “Putting Meat on the Table: Industrial Farm Animal Production in America.” The report highlighted the public health threats and animal abuse inherent in modern factory farming and recommended reforms including reducing intensive confinement of animals and increasing competition in the livestock market through support of small and mid-sized farms.

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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