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 an environmental writing workshop in the East Room in Withey Hall from 4-5:15 p.m. on Monday, April 18 and a lecture titled "Competing Stakeholders' Values & Convergence on Policy: A Discussion on Environmental Philosophy" Tuesday, April 19, at 11 a.m., also in the East Room. 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, Texas, 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.