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April 6, 2011
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

Author Rick Bass to Deliver Annual Benson Lecture at GMC

POULTNEY--Award-winning author and environmental activist Rick Bass will be the speaker for Green Mountain College’s fourth annual Thomas L. Benson Lecture on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall (Ackley Hall).

Bass will also conduct several smaller workshops and readings while on campus. He will hold an environmental writing workshop in the East Room in Withey Hall from 4-5:15 p.m. on Monday, April 18. On Tuesday he will speak on “Three Rivers Challenge: Writing a Wilderness Bill” from 9:30-10:45 a.m. in the East room, followed by a lecture “Competing Stakeholders’ Values & Convergence on Policy: A Discussion on Environmental Philosophy” at 11 a.m., also in the East Room. On Tuesday evening, Bass will give a reading from his book The Lives of Rocks at 7 p.m. at the Two Editors Inn. The public is invited to all these events.

Bass has published and edited over 25 books, including nonfiction, essays, short stories and novels. He was born in Fort Worth, Tex., the son of a geologist. Bass received a B.S. in geology at Utah State University and started writing short stories on his lunch breaks while working as a petroleum geologist in Mississippi. In 1987, he moved with his wife, the artist Elizabeth Hughes, to the remote Yaak Valley in Montana where he has since worked to protect Montana’s wilderness areas from development and logging interests.

The recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a Lyndhurst Foundation fellowship, Bass has received an O. Henry Award and a Pushcart Prize, and his fiction has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories as well as numerous journals and magazines.

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.

Bass’ appearance is made possible in part through the College’s Honors Program, the English, Environmental Studies and Pre-Law programs, The MSES program, the Provost’s Office, and the Environmental Liberal Arts Program.

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