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Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture


Dean Cycon

Dean Cycon

Wednesday, November 5, 7 p.m.

MCLA Murdock Hall, Sammer Dennis Room (218)

Dean Cycon is the Founder and CEO of Dean's Beans Organic Coffee Company, a certified 100% organic, fair trade and kosher coffee roasting operation in Orange, Massachusetts, USA.  Dean has over thirty years of development work and activism in indigenous communities, including coffee villages, in Asia, Africa and Latin America.  Dean is a co-founder of Coffee Kids (a non-profit development group), and of Cooperative Coffees, the world's first fair trade roaster's cooperative.  Dean has been a Woods Hole Research Fellow, a Senior Fulbright Scholar, and a Yale Law School Visiting Fellow. He created Dean's Beans to prove that business can promote positive economic, social, and environmental change at the third world source, and be profitable at the same time.  Dean's Beans has grown steadily over the past nineteen years and has stayed on its mission.  The company designs and funds people-centered development projects in the coffee lands in partnership with the growers, and returns a percentage of profits to the growers as a Social Equity Premium.  The company has received a Best Practices Recognition from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the 2004 Sustainability Award from the Specialty Coffee Association of America, 2013 UNWomen's Community Development Award, 2013 Oslo Business for Peace Award ("Nobel Prize for Business") and numerous other recognitions for the quality of its products and the success of its social mission.  Dean's book about social justice, culture, and coffee, "Jafatrekker: Dispatches from the World of Fair Trade Coffee" was awarded the Gold Medal as Best Travel Essay book of 2008 by the Independent Publishers Association, and has been published in English, Korean, and Chinese.

This annual lecture series is named for Professor Lawrence H. Vadnais and is sponsored by the Vadnais Endowment.

Past Speakers 

2013-2014: Marion Stoddard

2012-2013: Stephen L. Cowell

2011-2012: Elizabeth Kolbert

2010-2011: Averill H. Cook

2009-2010: Frank O'Brien-Bernini

2008-2009: Scott Weidensaul

2007-2008: Dr. William Moomaw

2004-2005: Dr. John Peterson Myers